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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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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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Discover the #Acropora Tree of Life in a stunning new display highlighting the important work of our #coral and #reef scientists @tom.bridge.photog and @petecowman 🐠👌
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#museumoftropicalqld #qldmuseum #acropora #taxonomy #treeoflife #systematics #coralevolution @coralprphoenix @qldmuseum @coral.coe
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•Current Issues in Taxonomy•
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I took this photo last year while conducting fieldwork at Myrmidon Reef off the coast of Townsville. We were there to find several coral topotypes, a specimen of a species collected at the locality at which the original type was obtained. This was so we could get tissue samples for DNA analysis.
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Anyway during this particular dive the current was about 2 knots (3.6 km/h). To put that into perspective the world record for swimming (50m in 20.9 seconds - César Cielo) is 0.8 knots (1.5 km/h).
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We had a plan, we would all jump into the water at same time and descended quickly to hid from the current behind the rocks while looking for the corals on our hit list (as Hanaka is doing beautifully in the photo).
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The plan didn’t exactly work out so well and we all got separated within minutes, the current was just too strong, so we all aborted the dive. But not before I managed to take this unforgettable photo.
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Who says taxonomy is boring!
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#forscience #coralresearch #coralsarecool #coralreefs #coral #phdlife #lifeofascientist #marineecology #coraltaxonomy #coralcoe #padi #australia #fnqlife #queensland #artformsinnature #scienceinaction
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The Global Biodiversity Festival kicks off today! Celebrate our planet's amazing biodiversity and those protecting it with 150+ speakers from over 50 countries around the world all through the weekend. #GlobalBioFest

Register for free here: www.globalbiofest.com #linkinbio

On this website, you can also see the schedule of AMAZING speakers representing science, conservation, communication, outreach, education, art, and advocacy from around the globe.

Want to know about what sharks are doing in the face of climate change? Check out my talk or that of one of my illustrious colleagues, @sharkcolin (he'll be live streaming from the field!). You can also find out more about our shark research on Facebook via Physioshark Project or here on Instagram at @physioshark and via www.physioshark.org

#biodiversity #conservation #global #science #exploration #wildlife #festival #biology #shark #sharkresearch #sharkphysiology #climatechange

@jamescookuniversity @coral.coe @jcumarinesociety @enviro_sci
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How do we⬆ #speciesdiversity? A new international study found that to ⬆ #biodiversity in a region, a mosaic of different protection levels is required! #CoralCoE #ProtectedAreas #MPAs

PR: https://www.coralcoe.org.au/blog/protection-mosaic-promotes-high-biodiversity

#PLOS Biology Paper: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3001195

📸Paula Cartwright

@jamescookuniversity @universityoftasmania @lancasteruni @umontpellier @universitegrenoblealpes
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🎉CONGRATULATIONS🎉 to Dr. Jenni Donelson for receiving the Australian Marine Sciences Association emerging leader in #marinescience award & Prof. Mike Kingsford for receiving the #amsa2021 Jubilee award! Dr. Donelson will give a featured talk at the @amsaconf on 1 July! (To register: https://amsa2021.amsa.asn.au/)

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https://www.coralcoe.org.au/blog/coral-coe-researchers-take-out-2021-amsa-awards

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I’m super excited (and nervous) to be presenting at and involved with the @globalbiofest Global Biodiversity Festival this coming weekend - 20-23May2021 .
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Can you guess what I’ll be talking about 🦈 🌏 with >150 other speakers that are also on the frontlines of biodiversity loss??? Collectively, we hope to shine a spotlight on amazing life, difficult challenges, and good news conservation stories.
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This non-profit festival will bring exciting guest speakers and virtual field trips to the general public, while raising some funds for important conservation work around the world. Registration is now open. Head over to the website #linkinbio to get started! .
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Want to hear more about our research? Follow @physioshark here and on Facebook & check out www.physioshark.org .
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#globalbiofest #biodiversity #conservation #global #science #exploration #wildlife #festival #biology #shark #sharkresearch #sharkphysiology #climatechange .
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We’re excited to share that our 2020 Annual Report is OUT! We’ve had a busy year here at #CoralCoE & have highlighted some of our favourite achievements below! Thank you to everyone who made all of this possible! To read the full report: www.coralcoe.org/annualreport2020/ ...

Time is running out to save #coralreefs!

A new international study started at #CoralCoE @jamescookuniversity & led by Christopher Cornwall found that unless #CO2 emissions are drastically reduced, #reef growth will be stunted. This doesn't only apply to #coral growth, modern coral reef structures are a balance between a wide range of organisms (including, coralline algae-a rock-hard algae that binds reefs together). #climatechange

To learn more:
Paper in #PNAS: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2015265118…

PR: https://coralcoe.org.au/media-releases/time-running-out-to-save-coral-reefs

@universityofwellington @uniofqld @australianmarinescience @universitywa @sorbonne_univ @uva_amsterdam @nsuflorida @uniofexeter @univmiami @noaa @hawaiipacificuniversity @curtinuniversity @thecsu @griffithuniversity @southerncrossuni @unsw
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A new #CoralCoE & @gbrmarinepark study led by
April Hall is the 1st to focus on #GBR #yellowzones (limited #fishing areas)! They found yellow zones+#greenzones = an effective #conservation & #fisheries management tool! @jamescookuniversity #MPAs #marineprotectedareas

#publication: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11160-021-09654-y

PR: https://coralcoe.org.au/media-releases/limited-fishing-zones-support-reef-conservation

📸Christopher Brunner
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Analysing DNA is helping to provide scientists with a new understanding of the diversity and evolution of corals and other reef species. Learn about the fascinating work of Senior Curator of Biosystematics Dr Peter Cowman.
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#QMNetwork #ProjectDIGQM @qldmuseum @coral_coe
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We are lucky to #research one of the world's most amazing ecosystems- the #GBR- but without greater action the consequences of +3°C of #GlobalWarming will not only be devastating, but deadly, to our #reefs. #EarthDay🌏#climatechange #GHGs @ausacademyofscience @uniofqld

To read the full report:
https://www.science.org.au/supporting-science/science-policy-and-analysis/reports-and-publications/risks-australia-three-degrees-c-warmer-world

📸Nick Evensen
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Are #cleanerfish clean? A new #CoralCoE study led by @paulinenarvaez found new evidence that cleaner fish carry #parasites and may transmit them to their clients (i.e. the #fish they supposedly clean)! @jamescookuniversity @cstfa_jcu @uniofqld

To learn more:
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00227-021-03858-3
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📣 We're LIVE at 10am today when our Senior Curator of Corals @tom.bridge.photog chats about coral reef research and conservation with our friends @reefhqaquarium. Tune in via our Facebook page.
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@qldmuseum @gbrmarinepark @coral.coe @coralprphoenix
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#museumoftropicalqld #reefhq #lovethereef
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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