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.

Coral Bleaching

Coral Bleaching

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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Land-based stressors and climate change: from the reefs of the Caribbean to the Great Barrier Reef


Friday 1 May 2009, 10:00 am

ARC Centre of Excellence Conference Room, JCU (DB44). Video-link to Centre for Marine Studies, UQ
Dr Jennie Mallela, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Australian National University


Understanding how reefs grow and respond following environmental disturbances can provide us with an early warning system for predicting future reef health. Accretion of the reef framework primarily reflects the combined activities of calcifying organisms and destructive biophysical processes.  However, we know very little about how these processes interact following environmental disturbances. Biological reef building process (e.g. calcification, bioerosion, coral recruitment) are being assessed in order to understand how terrestrial runoff and climate change events have influenced the development of modern day reefs. Findings suggest that: 1) in years following hurricanes and bleaching events coral recruitment is limited, and 2) calcification and net reef accretion can occur where environmental conditions approach or exceed perceived thresholds for coral survival.


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