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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.

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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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Come celebrate #CoralCoE's 15 year legacy with us on the 14th of Oct. at our Virtual #Symposium! We've got some amazing talks, panels, and videos lined up for you!

To learn more & to register:
https://coralcoe.org.au/crs_event/coral-reefs-past-present-and-future

@jamescookuniversity @uniofqld @universitywa @scienceanu @gbrmarinepark @museumoftropicalqueensland @qldmuseum
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Imagine you’re a scientist, diving into the freezing cold waters of the Antarctic. You’re not there to observe the larger organisms so closely associated with that part of the world - whales, seals and impossibly cute penguins, but the smallest: the marine invertebrates.
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What is it about these lesser-known creatures, the ones we rarely think of, that would entice you into those icy waters? What are the impacts of climate change on these ocean creatures? Have you ever heard of ocean acidification?
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Dr Sue-Ann Watson, Senior Curator of Marine Invertebrates at Queensland Museum Network and Senior Research Fellow at @coral.coe, joins us on the podcast to chat about her fascinating work.

🎧 Listen now via Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
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#QMNetwork #MuseumRevealed
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A big 🎉CONGRATULATIONS🎉 to #CoralCoE's Jodi Thomas for winning @jamescookuniversity's #3MT Competition, Prof. Morgan Pratchett for receiving JCU's Primary Advisor of the Year Award, & Dr. Jenni Donelson for receiving the JCU HDR Service Award today!

Well done and well deserved you three!! 👏👏👏
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For #BiodiversityMonth we’re featuring some of the interesting, weird and wonderful species you might not have heard of 👀, that live in or visit Australian Marine Parks!

It's #ThreatenedSpeciesDay so we'd like to tell you about a special bird that we encountered on our recent trip with @qldparks and @jamescookuniversity (@coral.coe), to the Coral Sea 🗺️!

The trip was undertaken to assess of the health of the isles and cays in the Coral Sea Marine Park, understand the current health condition of terrestrial flora and fauna, and clean up marine debris 🚢.

The assessment identified 21 seabird species, 15 of which were breeding 🎉.

Most notably we encountered several pairs of Herald petrels who were nesting. Herald petrels are listed as critically endangered in Australia, and there is only one other nesting site known in Australia 😮!

The Herald petrel (Pterodroma heraldica) is a medium-sized, lightly built petrel that inhabits offshore tropical waters across the Pacific 🐦. It has quite similar colouring to the larger and broader-winged Kermadec petrel (which frequents @seenorfolk) which has a shorter and broader tail. It has white flashes on the underside of its wingtips.

Like the Kermadec, it visits colonies in daytime, where pairs chase around high overhead.

It has a small breeding range, and due to ongoing habitat loss it's been classified as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 😢. Until now, Raine Island was the only known breeding site in Australia, so it's very exciting to be adding a new site to that list.

What an incredible find, we’re so pleased that the areas we protect are nurturing such a rare and majestic species 🥰!
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A new #CoralCoE study led by Kevin Bairos-Novak suggests that #corals may be able to cope with #climatechange in the coming decades better than previously thought—but will still struggle with ever-faster rates of climate change!

How quickly #corals can adapt to #climatechange is dependent on their ability to pass down traits, i.e. trait heritability, important to survival & adaptation. The study found high heritability of traits & no evidence of heritability decreasing under temperature stress!

To learn more:
PR: https://coralcoe.org.au/medi.../corals-roll-with-the-punches

Paper: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gcb.15829

@jamescookuniversity @unimelb @australianmarinescience
#SmithsonianTropicalResearchInstitute
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A close relative of the manatee found in the Indo-Pacific, dugongs are a hit for tourists and an important part of coastal marine ecosystems. But between climate change, harmful fishing practices, and a host of other issues, dugongs are under threat.

On this week’s episode of @sweatypenguinpod, we discuss the challenges facing dugongs, why dugongs matter, and what we can do to protect them. With special guest Dr. Alana Grech: Assistant Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (@coral.coe) at @jamescookuniversity.

Listen to The Sweaty Penguin wherever you get your podcasts or at pbs.org/perilandpromise (link in bio) 🐧💦

#Dugongs #Seagrass #CoralReefs #ClimateChange #CommercialFishing #EndangeredSpecies #MarineEcosystems #CoolAnimals #MarineMammals #EnvironmentalPodcast
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🎓 One of the most exciting and energizing ways we stay at the forefront of building theory and new knowledge is through a diverse and dynamic group of Ph.D. scholars.⠀

WorldFish is connected to these scholars through an extensive network of partnerships with academic institutions that span the globe. These include universities from across five continents—Asia, Australia and the Pacific, Africa, North America and Europe. ⠀

Over the past four years, we have built relationships with around 38 Ph.D. scholars from @uniwageningen, @uwconline, @uofwaterloo, @uow, @jamescookuniversity and more!⠀

We now get to benefit from their energy, insights, and learning!⠀

🙌 Thanks for being part of our team!⠀

Learn more about WorldFish and our partnerships at the link in our bio ⬆️⠀

📸 WorldFIsh
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Look who came and dropped in at the research station! Emeritus Professor Bette Willis's research focused on the biology and ecology of scleractinian (hard) coral health and their ability to adapt to increasing climate change driven impacts. She taught many students at @jamescookuniversity over the years in various subjects including MB3210/MB5400 (Life History and Evolution of Reef Corals). One student was Amy Coppock who is now undertaking her own research here at the station as part of her PhD. How's that for a full circle! ⭕

#jculife #jcu_oirs #orpheusislandresearchstation #jamescookuniversity #welovescience #marinescience #coralreef #marinesciencestudents
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Today our Senior Curator (Marine Invertebrates) Dr Sue-Ann Watson is taking hold of National Science Week - Queensland #Twitter. Follow along as she gives an insight into her fascinating work at @qldmuseum and @coral.coe 🐚🦑
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Direct link in our bio to her twitter takeover! 🙌
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#WomeninSTEM #scienceweek #museumoftropicalqld #qldmuseum
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What better way to mark #Fridaythe13th than with a #blackcoral close-up?
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Over 500 million years old & found down to depths of over 8000m, scientists study these magnified skeletons to learn more about the taxonomy and evolutionary history of this unique animal.
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📷 Black coral skeletal spine at 200x magnification. Credit Jeremy Horowitz
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#museumoftropicalqld #qldmuseum #jamescookuniversity #coral.coe @coral.coe
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Let's Dive Into the Deep for #NationalScienceWeek with an Our Marine Parks Round 2 Initiative!

In Feb 2021 a team from @jamescookuniversity #CoralCoE led by Prof. Andrew Hoey (& in collaboration with @ausmarineparks & @ParksAustralia) set out to explore the deep #reefs (>30m) of the Coral Sea Marine Park!

👀 what they've been up to 👇!
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FUNDING ALERT 🚨!!!
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Are you a PhD student conducting research on Australian coral reefs? The Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation (@lirrf) is offering up to 5️⃣ new fellowships for 2022. The Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowships program has operated continuously since 1984, supporting the research of 70 PhD students so far. Head over to www.australian.museum to learn more.
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Applications close Sept 3, 2021
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📸: @matt.nitschke
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#research #coralreef #coralreefs #science #marinescience #lizardisland #lovethereef #gbrmarinepark #greatbarrierreef #reeffishes #corals
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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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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