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


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Advancing the fundamental understanding of the key processes underpinning reef resilience.

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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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Professorial Inaugural Lecture: Habitat degradation on coral reefs and the effects on reef fishes and fisheries


5.30 pm Wednesday, 29 August 2012

The Raffles Room, Southbank Hotel and Convention Centre, Palmer Street, South Townsville
Professor Morgan Pratchett

Professorial Inaugural Lecture

Abstract: Coral reef ecosystems are increasingly subject to severe, large-scale disturbances, such as those caused by coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish and global climate change. These disturbances cause extensive loss of coral habitat, which has further important effects on abundance and diversity of coral reef fishes. This seminar will explore observed and projected changes in coral reef habitats and also examine likely effects of these changes on coral reef fishes. Coral loss has the greatest and most immediate effect on small-bodied species of fishes that live or feed on live corals, and many such species maybe facing extinction. However, live coral habitat is also very important in sustaining viable populations of harvested species, such as coral trout. Further coral loss may therefore, undermine the productivity and sustainability of reef-based fisheries. This is especially important given that many people in tropical maritime nations directly depend on coral reef fisheries for their food and livelihoods.
Light refreshments will be served after the lecture RSVP please by Monday, 20 August 2012 to louise.lennon@jcu.edu.au or 07 – 4781 6360


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