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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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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National Student Mentoring Day 2019


10th of May 2019

Tangalooma Resort, Moreton Island, QLD

As part of its goal to train outstanding coral reef researchers and scientists, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies is offering a student training workshop on How to write a successful paper in conjunction with the annual ACRS conference in Tangalooma Resort on Moreton Island. There are 35 places available. 

Professor Josh Cinner is leading the workshop for students on writing a successful paper for publication. It will be held from 8:30am to 4:30pm in Kallatina Conference Room, Tangalooma Resort, followed by post-workshop canapes and drinks. Morning and afternoon tea and lunch will also be provided.

For those that want to submit their manuscript for use during the workshop, please notify joshua.cinner@jcu.edu.au 1 week prior to the workshop.

Workshop Description:
This workshop will be directed at early career scientists interested in learning how to navigate the publication process. Josh Cinner has published over 125 peer reviewed papers in journals such as Current Biology, Nature, Nature Climate Change, and PNAS. He has served on the Editorial Boards of journals such as Conservation Biology, Global Environmental Change, Ecology & Society, and Coastal Management. Josh will use his considerable editorial, publishing, and reviewing experience to provide insights into how to structure manuscripts effectively, navigate the peer-review process, and on how to build a portfolio of publications from early in your career.

The workshop will use five manuscripts from the participants as living examples of what to do and what not to do. Thus, participants who are interested in having their work openly critiqued should indicate so ahead of time and send a draft to joshua.cinner@jcu.edu.au 1 week prior to the workshop. He will select five participants to submit manuscripts that will serve as examples for the section of the workshop focusing on structuring a manuscript effectively. However, you need not have a manuscript prepared to attend the workshop.

Workshop Outline:

• Introduction: why write a paper?
• Parts of a paper
• Common writing flaws
• Selecting a journal

• How a journal works
• How to avoid rejection
• Guidelines for authorship

There will be no registration fees for students attending the National Student Mentoring Day. The ARC Centre of Excellence will provide morning and afternoon tea and lunch, and contribute $50 towards the students’ accommodation associated with attendance on the day through a reduced conference registration.  Please indicate your interest when completing your ACRS conference registration to secure a place and the discount.


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