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People and ecosystems

Understanding of the links between coral reef ecosystems, the goods and services they provide to people, and the wellbeing of human societies.

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Ecosystem dynamics: past, present and future

Examining the multi-scale dynamics of reefs, from population dynamics to macroevolution

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Responding to a changing world

Advancing the fundamental understanding of the key processes underpinning reef resilience.

Coral Bleaching

Coral Bleaching

Coral Reef Studies

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au

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Event

The role of live coral in moderating key ecological processes for coral reef fishes

When

Thursday, 14 January 2010 2.00pm - 4.00pm

location
ARC Centre of Excellence Conference Room, JCU (DB44)
Presenter
Darren Coker

ABSTRACT:

On coral reefs, the biological and physical habitat provided by scleractinian corals is critical for coral reef fishes. Consequently, declines in the quality or quantity of coral habitat have had significant effects on the abundance and diversity of many reef associated fishes. Coral reef ecosystems around the world are very sensitive to changes in environmental conditions, particularly the effects brought on by global climate change leading to the bleaching and degradation of coral habitats. Coral bleaching also tends to have the greatest effect on branching coral species that support many coral-dwelling fishes.
My PhD aims to explore the importance of live coral for coral reef fishes, with a view to predicting the likely extent of fishes that may be affected by sustained and ongoing loss of corals due to global climate change. The focus of my PhD will be on corals as habitat, and thus fishes that typically occupy live corals. I aim to investigate what factors and processes (e.g. competition, predation, migration) cause declines in the abundance of coral reef fishes following extensive coral bleaching and coral loss.

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ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au