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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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#ClimateChange is putting the future of #sharks at risk! A new study led by #CoralCoE #PhD candidate @wheel_house23by found that increasing temperatures resulted in smaller, exhausted & undernourished #babysharks being born into already harsh environments. @jamescookuniversity @physioshark @rummerjodie @umassboston @newenglandaquarium

#PR: https://www.coralcoe.org.au/media-releases/future-too-warm-for-baby-sharks

#Paper: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-79953-0
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The beauty of the Great Barrier Reef is also diving on remote and pristine pinnacles! Coral cover looks incredible! #gbr #greatbarrierreef #australia #coral #coralreef #coralconservation #hardcoral #pinnacles #gbrmarinepark #scuba #scubadiving #underwaterphotography #uwp #photo #photographer #photography #underthesea #marinelife #marinebiology #marinebiologist #jcu #jamescookuniversity ...

ICYMI: New #research by #CoralCoE's A/Prof Dove, Dr. Brown, & @ovehoeghguldberg found that the coastal protection #coralreefs provide will start eroding by the end of the century due to #climatechange & #oceanacidification. @uniofqld

PR: https://coralcoe.org.au/media-releases/coasts-drown-as-coral-reefs-collapse-under-warming-acidification

Paper: https://nature.com/articles/s43247-020-00054-x
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Happy Holidays from #CoralCoE! We don't know about you, but we're looking forward to saying #Goodbye2020! Here's to a safe & healthy holiday season and a bright, shiny, & exciting new year! See you all in 2021! #staysafe #happyholidays2020 #SeasonsGreetings ...

We saw so many green #seaturtles as well while diving the outer #reefs of the #greatbarrierreef - this was part of the most recent #GreatReefCensus expedition with @citizensgbr. We spent 5 days exploring the Ribbon Reefs on @spiritoffreedomcairns ! 🐠
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📸s by the amazing @ikatere_photography - definitely worth a follow! Thanks Brad!!!
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We were lucky and grateful to be included as scientists from @coral.coe @jamescookuniversity (myself and Naomi) and also on board we had surf legends Dave Rastovich and Glen Casey thanks to the Prior Family Foundation, 12 passionate tourists, and the incredible Grumpy Turtle Creative capturing the action!
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Surveying 13 reef sites, we learned so much about this part of the Great Barrier Reef and how it's changing from the impacts of climate change, crown-of-thorns starfish, and cyclones.
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Special thanks to the unstoppable Michelle Barry and all the Spirit of Freedom team for an incredible trip and Kate O’Callaghan for all of your efforts and passion with this project - a successful collaborative effort across science, tourism, and conservation! 🙏
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The Great Reef Census is a Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef project delivered in partnership with The University of Queensland, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Australian Institute of Marine Science with support from JCU: James Cook University, Australia and funded by the partnership between the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s #ReefTrust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, the Prior Family Foundation, Reef and Rainforest Research Centre.
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#coral #conservation #climatechange #savethereef #reef #coralreef #ecotourism #divetravel #ocean #oceanlife #naturephotography #underwaterphotography
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After 12 amazing days diving on the most remote sites of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, I think this goby on the sea whip is a good start for some incredible animals 😍 #gbr #australia #isotta #canon #macrophotography #photography #photographer #underwaterphotography #scuba #scubadiving #jcu #jcudiveclub #nature #goby #macronature #photo #photographer #marinebio #marinewildlife #marinebiology ...

Phenomonal and femme in the field... #womeninstem #womeninscience #sharkscience - these two are paving the way via their research with #physioshark but also by connecting with the community and the #nextgeneration - #rolemodels are important - especially at the early stages in the STEM fields - #inspire and #beinspired .
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So, what are we actually up to here? In the shallows, sometimes less than 1 metre depth, we deploy a net perpendicular to the shore. This set-up allows us to catch and survey the newborn sharks as they’re swimming around the shallow lagoons and mangroves around the island. We’ve become so keen to the look of the net and the sound of the splash when a baby shark encounters it, we can often do an entire work-up and data collection (as picture here) in just a few minutes. Then the shark is released.
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📸 by @hbischff - thank you!
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Dr @ornellaweideli (pictured here) is working as a post-doc with @physioshark this year, and she’s joined with Professor Serge Planes’ PhD student @kim_bruijns and Master’s student @aurelieaqualove 🙏🏼💕🦈🙌🏼 .
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#stem #stemforkids #sharksforlife #sharkeducation
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Follow us for more about how newborn sharks are faring under #climatechange and in the largest #sharksanctuary in the world! .
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Find out more here: www.physioshark.org .
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#conservation #marinelife #shark #sharkresearch #sharkscience #conservationphysiology #carcharhinus #blacktipreefshark #nature #ocean #oceanlife #marinebiology .
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#moorea #tahiti #frenchpolynesia #criobe
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Community involvement, education, and outreach are key to the physioshark research program. The #nextgeneration of #sharkscientists and #conservationists right here... plus, we need to ensure that our findings and outcomes are relevant to decision-making, management, and conservation. We love getting the public involved! And, who doesn’t love to see a newborn reef shark? .
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So, what are we actually up to here? In the shallows, sometimes less than 1 metre depth, we deploy a net perpendicular to the shore. This set-up allows us to catch and survey the newborn sharks as they’re swimming around the shallow lagoons and mangroves around the island. We’ve become so keen to the look of the net and the sound of the splash when a baby shark encounters it, we can often do an entire work-up and data collection (as picture here) in just a few minutes. Then the shark is released.
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📸 by @hbischff - thank you!
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Dr @ornellaweideli (pictured here) is working as a post-doc with @physioshark this year, and she’s joined with Professor Serge Planes’ PhD student @kim_bruijns and Master’s student @aurelieaqualove 🙏🏼💕🦈🙌🏼 .
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#womeninstem #stem #stemforkids #sharksforlife #sharkeducation #womeninscience
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Follow us for more about how newborn sharks are faring under #climatechange and in the largest #sharksanctuary in the world! .
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Find out more here: www.physioshark.org .
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#conservation #marinelife #shark #sharkresearch #sharkscience #conservationphysiology #carcharhinus #blacktipreefshark #nature #ocean #oceanlife #marinebiology .
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#moorea #tahiti #frenchpolynesia #criobe
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Coral CoE's A/Prof Sophie Dove, Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and Dr Kristen Brown show unmitigated CO2 emissions won't just see coral reefs lost under warming and acidification, but an "insidious and accelerated loss of coastal protection".

Paper: https://doi.org/10.1038/s43247-020-00054-x
Story: https://www.coralcoe.org.au/media-releases/coasts-drown-as-coral-reefs-collapse-under-warming-acidification.

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Congratulations to our newly minted Coral CoE Doctors! Our latest PhD graduates L-R are: Renato Morais Araujo, Jennifer Wilmes, Jodie Schlaefer, Jacqui Lau, Andreas Dietzel, Eva McClure and Patrick Smallhorn-West 🎉 ...

#Researchers have sequenced 150 #coral #genomes & found some of the ways corals have adapted to tough inshore #reef conditions! They've also uncovered just how unique corals on #MagneticIsland are and highlight how important it is for us to preserve this reefs for the future!
#genetics #genomics #DNA #bioinformatics @jamescookuniversity @ouranu @calacademy @cstfa_jcu @latrobeuni @floridainternationaluniversity @unimelb @uniofqld

PR: https://www.coralcoe.org.au/blog/genes-unlock-clues-to-the-evolution-survival-of-the-great-barrier-reef

Paper: https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/48/eabc6318

To Watch the Full Video:
https://youtu.be/vrgYVrbRmbs
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CONGRATULATIONS to the Social-Ecological Research Frontiers team for winning the #EurekaPrizes for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research! The international team is led by #CoralsCoE's Prof. Joshua Cinner, and includes scientists from seven Australian institutions, with Dr Michele Barnes, Dr Georgina Gurney, Dr Jacqui Lau, Professor Andy Hoey and PhD candidate Jessica Zamborain Mason rounding out the Coral CoE team. @jamescookuniversity #australianinstituteofmarinescience @nature_org @lancasteruni @universityoftasmania @macquarieuni #UTS @dalhousieu ...

How cute is this little guy?! Led by Morgan Pratchett, our team are surveying crown of thorns starfish around the ’outbreak initiation zone’ on the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns. We have been finding lots of small individuals, like this little guy! #crownofthornsstarfish #cots #cotsboats #acanthaster #fieldwork #marinelife #research #coralreefstudies #pratchettlab ...

Congratulations to #CoralCoE's 11 outstanding #researchers who made it onto @clarivateofficial's #WebofScience list of 2020 #HighlyCitedResearchers! Their papers are ranked in the top 1% by citations in their field! Well done everyone! @jamescookuniversity @uniofqld

Professor Andrew Baird
Professor David Bellwood
Professor Sean Connolly
Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg
Professor Terry Hughes
Professor Geoff Jones
Professor Peter Mumby
Professor Philip Munday
Professor John Pandolfi
Professor Morgan Pratchett
Dr Gergely Torda

https://recognition.webofscience.com/.../highly-cited/2020/
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New paper📖! Concurrent #climatechange stressors 🌏🌊- #oceanwarming & #oceanacidification - their effects are not the easiest to understand in 🦈sharks. In a new paper published 16 Nov. 2020 - led by recent 🎓PhD - Dr. Ian Bouyoucos - the effects of these interacting global change stressors were assessed in blacktip reef shark 🦈neonates (newborns) around the island of Moorea, French Polynesia🌴🌺 - shallow coastal areas that are already quite challenging with respect to environmental conditions. Find out more here:

www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-76966-7
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“The power struggle: Assessing interacting global change stressors via experimental studies on sharks”.
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I.A. Bouyoucos, S-A. Watson, S. Planes, C.A. Simpfendorfer, G.D. Schwieterman, N.M. Whitney, & J.L. Rummer
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Also link 🔗in bio.
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The real power struggle was actually getting these gorgeous photos 📸by the most talanted @victorhuertas_photo - and the struggle may not be what you think... it was not the wiggly baby sharks 🦈but rather the mosquitoes 🦟biting our legs 🦵🏼🩸while we were holding the sharks to get the shots! Check out more of Victor’s work outside of his contributions for physioshark... indeed, he’s phenomenally talanted! 🥇.
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Follow us for more about how newborn sharks are faring under climate change and in the largest #sharksanctuary in the world! .
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Find out more here: www.physioshark.org .
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#conservation #marinelife #shark #sharkresearch #sharkscience #conservationphysiology #carcharhinus #blacktipreefshark #nature #ocean #oceanlife #marinebiology .
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#moorea #tahiti #frenchpolynesia #criobe
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We're officially on #LinkedIn! Follow our pg for updates on new #CoralCoE #research & #opportunities!

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https://www.linkedin.com/company/arc-centre-of-excellence-for-coral-reef-studies/
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@jamescookuniversity @uniofqld @universitywa @ouranu

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The Professor in his natural environment.
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Professor Andrew Baird during a recent coral spawning trip to Orpheus Island.
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#coral #coralspawning #research #jcu #oirs #uncletezandthetaxpayers #gbr #ℤ6 #nikon #nikonaustralia #nikonz6
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#CoralCoE acknowledges that Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the original inhabitants and traditional custodians of this continent and that they have unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land and waters. At our @jamescookuniversity headquarters, we acknowledge the Bindal and Wulgurukaba peoples and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. #NAIDOC2020 #NAIDOCWeek2020 #NAIDOC ...

It's #coralspawning time! #CoralCoE's #researchers are hard at work at @jcu_oirs collecting #coral egg & sperm bundles for breeding experiments! @jamescookuniversity #GBR #GreatBarrierReef #reef #coralreef

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* #Coral egg and sperm bundles.

*Prof. Andrew Baird separating eggs from sperm while Hanaka Mera records spawning times!

*#Acropora sarmentosa (Brook, 1892) releasing coral egg and sperm bundles.

📸@acrosbie_photography
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😄 Teenagers/ crown of thorns - I'll come home if there's food 🍕

A new study that tracked crown of thorns starfish movements found that they can make their way 'home' but only if there is sufficient food for them to eat in the area - in their case that's coral.
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📷 Scott Ling
#reefteachcairns #reefteach #greatbarrierreef #cairns #queensland  #research #education #LoveTheReef #gbrmarinepark #reeftherapy #masterreefguides #crownofthorns
@coral.coe @universityoftasmania
https://www.coralcoe.org.au/media-releases/crown-of-thorns-eat-themselves-out-of-house-home
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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