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.


Ecosystem dynamics: past, present and future

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


Responding to a changing world

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

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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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Introduction  |   Symposium Program   |    Presenters   |   Public Forum

The Coral Reefs in the 21st Century symposium will present the latest research, management and policy developments in coral reef systems in Australia, our region, and globally. The symposium will incorporate presentations by more than 30 leading coral reef scientists and provide an insight into the future of these iconic ecosystems.


Thursday 10 October
Time Topic Presenter
8.30am Registration and coffee
9.00am Welcome Chris Cocklin
Official Opening Sandra Harding
9.15am Coral Reef Ecosystem Dynamics  Terry Hughes (Chair)
Commonness, rarity, and biodiversity in the marine biosphere Sean Connolly
Unfolding phase shifts and managing for change Nick Graham
The status of corals on inshore and offshore reefs in the Great Barrier Reef Jamie Oliver
Ecosystem responses to escalating drivers Terry Hughes
10.40am Morning tea  
11.10am Coral Reef Connectivity and Dispersal Geoff Jones (Chair)
Connectivity in apex predators and its role in coral reef communities Serge Planes
Connectivity patterns in Red Sea coral reefs Michael Berumen
Connecting fish movements and food webs in a coral reef seascape using stable isotope analyses of amino acids Simon Thorrold
Larval dispersal and its influence on fisheries management and biodiversity conservation Glenn Almany
Marine reserves, habitat change and connectivity Geoff Jones
1.00pm Lunch
2.00pm Virginia Chadwick Award presentation: Assessing the role of marine protected areas in fisheries management Hugo Harrison
2.25pm Climate Change and Coral Reefs Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (Chair)
What governs coral health and how can we enhance it on the Great Barrier Reef? Bette Willis
From molecules and microbes to monitoring change in complex biological systems Bill Leggat
3.10pm Afternoon tea
3.40pm Microbes in one of the world’s most diverse symbiotic systems Madeleine van Oppen
Effects of ocean acidification on coral calcification: insights from geochemistry Michael Holcomb
Reef decalcification under business-as-usual CO2 emission scenarios Sophie Dove
Climate Change in the ocean – the big picture? Ove Hoegh-Guldberg
5.00pm End


Thursday 10 October (evening session)
A Public Forum, hosted by Paul McDermott will be held at 6.00pm (5.30pm for refreshments) on Thursday 10th October


Friday 11 October
Time Topic Presenter
9.00am Coral Reef Adaptation to Climate Change Malcolm McCulloch (Chair)
Transgenerational acclimation to climate change; what is it and why is it important? Philip Munday
Physiological performance of coral reef fishes in a changing climate Jodie Rummer
Do the locomotion: waves and swimming in coral reef fishes Sandra Binning
Sounds like trouble: the surprising impacts of anthropogenic sound on reef fish dynamics Mark McCormick
Physical controls on reef-scale variations in water chemistry and temperature Jim Falter
10.45am Morning tea
11.15am Coral dispersal dynamics: new insights into patterns of connectivity Joana Figueiredo
Life at the Edge:  the role of pH up-regulation in marginal environments Malcolm McCulloch
 11.55am Keynote: Reproductive strategies of fungiid corals Yossi Loya
12.15pm Coral Reef Planning, Governance and Management  Bob Pressey (Chair)
Human dimensions of Ecosystem Services Christina Hicks
Conservation planning for connectivity in the Coral Triangle Rebecca Weeks
1.00pm Lunch
1.50pm Leading transformation in marine governance Louisa Evans
Seafood banquets in Beijing: Consumer perspectives and implications for environmental sustainability Mike Fabinyi
Management of pollution runoff from the Great Barrier Reef Catchment: A success? Jon Brodie
Lessons learnt for protecting the environment, biodiversity and heritage values of the Great Barrier Reef Jon Day
Conservation in paradise: prioritising management actions on tropical islands Bob Pressey
3.30pm Wind-up




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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