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

From 2005 to 2022, the main node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies was headquartered at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland (Australia)

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Genetic approaches to cataloging the form and function of biodiversity in our oceans


Thursday, September 22nd 2016 - 16:00 to 17:00 hrs

Building 19, Room 106, JCU Townsville Campus
Joey DiBattista
Joey DiBattista

Abstract: Biodiversity plays a critical role in the resilience of natural systems. Although there is a directed effort towards understanding current threats to biodiversity (e.g. climate change), very little research examines the origins of such biodiversity and how it is maintained. I address these fundamental questions by summarising a multi-disciplinary genetic survey of Red Sea and Arabian Sea marine fauna, with a particular focus on endemic and widespread reef fish. This work flows into some of my more recent trials using next-generation sequencing technology to help audit marine biodiversity via degraded DNA sources, thus improving best-practice management for coral reef ecosystems.

Biography: Joseph is an Early Career Postdoctoral Fellow (ECRF) at Curtin University in Western Australia. He holds a Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, completed an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship at the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), USA, and recently completed a postdoctoral position at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). His research is directed towards understanding the origins of species-level biodiversity and how it is maintained. He is interested in the integration of classical and novel molecular approaches to resolve patterns of genetic variation within and between marine populations (or species), identifying historical and contemporary factors that influence separation of such populations (or species), incorporating phylogeographic findings into the design of marine protected areas, and tracking evolutionary responses in natural (or experimental) populations.


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