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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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Our team is a week into the Coral Sea Marine Park Island Health Voyage - a collaboration with the Australian and Queensland Government Reef Joint Field Management Program through @qldparks, @jamescookuniversity (@coral.coe), and volunteer botanists 🌱 - so we thought we'd share a photo of their departure and tell you some more about the voyage 🚢!

They're on a 3 week discovery expedition 🧭 to gather information on the health of 25 islands in the Coringa Herald-Lihou reef systems which are found in the central Coral Sea offshore from Cairns.

Monitoring and understanding the management needs of the many islands, cays, reefs and deep water environments is crucial to protecting the many key 🗝️ values of this vast region.

The islands 🏝️ themselves play significant roles in supporting unique vegetation communities, seabird breeding and nesting 🐦, marine turtle feeding and nesting 🐢 and may provide important inputs of nutrients that support a range of marine life to thrive.

The focus of the expedition will be to record, observe and identify both positive and negative activity through the voyage area 🔎, including collecting, removing and identifying the source of marine debris and plastics 🗑️.
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A new #CoralCoE study led by Jodi Thomas found that increased CO2 levels increased attraction, aggression, & activity levels in male two-toned pygmy #squid! #climatechange

Want to find out what may underlie these changes?
Check out the #blog & #article below:

Blog: https://www.coralcoe.org.au/.../what-underlies-co2...

Paper: https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.242335

@jamescookuniversity @qldmuseum @museumoftropicalqueensland
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A joint study by @csirogram 's Dr. Wilcox & #CoralCoE
@jamescookuniversity 's Dr. Bergseth reveals the strategies that stop bandits from illegally #fishing in Australian waters—but warns there is a cost to the region’s poorer countries! #blueboats #IllegalFishing

PR:https://coralcoe.org.au/.../banishing-bandits-other...

Paper in #ConservationLetters: https://conbio.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/.../10.../conl.12823
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🎉 Announcing the 2021 Crawford-in-Queensland International Engagement Award Winners!⠀

☕️ Dr Vivekananda Mittahalli Byrareddy, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Climate Sciences at @USQedu has worked in coffee research and development initiatives in Asia-Pacific and Eastern African for about 15 years. ⠀

🐟 Dr Patrick Smallhorn-West, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at @coral.coe at @jamescookuniversity will conduct workshops held with management groups, NGOs, government agencies and local resource owners and users from four Pacific countries on the current state of knowledge on locally managed marine areas as a fisheries management tools.⠀

The Crawford Fund QLD Committee supports targeted training and mentoring of overseas scientists and extension officers by experienced Queensland counterparts working on similar agricultural research challenges.⠀

Stay tuned for more about these awards this week!⠀

Read more at the link in our bio ⬆️
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Not all superheroes wear capes! Our researchers are creating a Coral Bank to help combat silent extinctions and provide critical new insights into the evolution of Australia’s corals, all in the name of conserving our Great Barrier Reef. Find out more via the Project DIG link in our bio.

Supported by @inside_bhp #ProjectDIGQM
@coral.coe #coralcoe
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Don't miss TODAY's #CoralCoE seminar by Michelle Deshong on History, Country, Identity at 1pm AEST! #NAIDOCWeek2021

Click 👇👇 for details on how to attend:
https://coralcoe.org.au/crs_event/history-country-identity
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Last night, 5 world-renowned scientists-including #CoralCoE's Prof. Terry Hughes & Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg-signed a letter to @unesco Director-General Audrey Azoulay to “thank #UNESCO for its leadership in recognising the threat of #climatechange to the #GBR #WorldHeritage property.” @jamescookuniversity @uniofqld

To learn more & to read the letter:
https://www.coralcoe.org.au/media-releases/leading-scientists-praise-unescos-leadership-after-draft-decision-on-the-great-barrier-reef

Photo Credit: Morgan Pratchett
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Go behind the scenes with our Senior Curator of Biosystematics Dr Peter Cowman where he reveals how his work analysing genetic data is more than science fiction.
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#ProjectDIGQM #museumoftropicalqld #CoralCoE #qldmusuem @coral.coe @petecowman @coralprphoenix
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Did you catch last nights episode of the #WomeninOceanSciencePodcast? 🦈

How are sharks affected by climate change? Well, on the 2nd episode of the Women in Ocean Science podcast, hosts Mads and Charlie speak to a leading female shark scientist, Dr. Jodie Rummer, to find out. Tune in for a discussion on Jodie’s recent paper which exposes coral reef sharks to future ocean acidification conditions and to find out just whether these “little athletes” can adapt to a changing ocean.

How are sharks affected by climate change? Well, today on the Women in Ocean Science podcast, hosts Mads and Charlie speak to a leading female shark scientist, Dr. Jodie Rummer, to find out. Tune in for a discussion on Jodie’s recent paper which exposes coral reef sharks to future ocean acidification conditions and to find out just whether these “little athletes” can adapt to a changing ocean.

You can find out about Dr. Rummer’s research and her lab at @RummerLab and @physioshark where she communicates scientific findings, highlights fellow scientists’ success stories and achievements, and advocates for issues related to women in science, gender equity, and diversity in STEM.

Link in bio to listen 🎙 Podcast available on Apple Podcasts , Spotify and via our website
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Not only do #Coralreef #fish have bragging rights about being faster than Olympic gold medalists, #newresearch led by #CoralCoE's @adamtdownie found their speedy swimming also relates to whether they associate with #reefs!

In another recent study, Mr Downie also found the health of the reef that baby reef fishes choose to call home could affect their athletic performance. Settling on degraded #coralreefs may require extra energy for these young fishes, which could then compromise their growth, swimming and other vital activities.

#PR: https://coralcoe.org.au/.../baby-reef-fishes-swim-for-gold

Paper 1: https://doi.org/10.1111/faf.12580

Paper 2: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00338-021-02113-x

@jamescookuniversity @uoregon @universityofsaskatchewan
@rummerjodie @petecowman @qldmuseum @museumoftropicalqueensland 📸 by Pete Mumby
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What is assumed to be ‘fair’ in #conservation may not be considered so by the people most affected by it. A new #CoralCoE study led by Georgina Gurney highlights the need to consider what local communities constitute as fair.

🗞️https://www.coralcoe.org.au/media-releases/more-fairness-needed-in-conservation

📔https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2021.05.022

@jamescookuniversity @universitywa @uofmichigan @wcsfiji
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Processing samples.
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Some photos from our latest field trip. Our days consisted of diving in the morning to collect coral samples. Lunch. Then an afternoon of processing what we had collected. This involves labelling each sample, preserving a smaller fragment of tissue in ethanol (to extract DNA later), putting the sample in bleach, and finally importing and organising field images. All of this before ending the day with sunset drinks.
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#Fieldnotes have arrived from the Palm Islands Group! During this trip, we continued to collect topotypes AND also collected and documented (on-going) scleractinian diversity in the area.

Read more on our website (link in bio or type in below)↓↓

Short link: https://wp.me/pc2sOB-gX

Full URL: https://coralprojectphoenix.org/2021/05/28/may-2021-palms-islands-group-field-trip/

📸: Andrew Baird

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#ProjectPhoenix #CoralProjectPhoenix #coralreefs #coraltaxonomy #taxonomy #systematics #evolution #coral #teamCoral #research #marinebiology #marinescience #fieldwork #OrpheusIsland #orpheusislandresearchstation #jamescookuniversity #coralcoe
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We remember & acknowledge The Stolen Generations & the ongoing impacts of past injustices, and recognise & celebrate the strength & resilience of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities. #NRW2021 #NationalSorryDay #MoreThanAWord

Here's some great resources from
@reconciliationaus:
https://nrw.reconciliation.org.au/actions-for-reconciliation/

📸@reconciliationaus
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•Split Tones•
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I’m really enjoying the perspective you can get from drone shots. Also having the scenery at @jcu_oirs helps! Fantastic place to conduct research.
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Which image do you prefer? And Why? I’m trying to learn more about this kind of photography, so your thoughts would be appreciated!
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#coralresearch #coralsarecool #coralreefs #lifeofascientist #marineecology #marinebiology #coraltaxonomy #coralcoe #padi #artformsinnature #agameoftones #skybangerz
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Hard vs. soft #corals- who will be the victor in a competition with no direct contact? A new #CoralCoE study led by Natalia Andrade Rodriguez looked at how patterns of #geneexpression determine the outcomes of competitive interactions between corals! #transcriptomics #RNA

https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2021.659360

@jamescookuniversity @aurelie_moya @unikonstanz
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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