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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Public lecture: The past, present and future of fishes on coral reefs


5.30pm, Thursday 13 September 2012

Sir George Kneipp Auditorium, James Cook University, Townsville
Professor David Bellwood
Professor David Bellwood

Public Lecture

Fishes have swum in the vicinity of coral reefs for over 400 million years. In this time, the fishes and corals have developed an increasingly close association, a mutual dependency. In relatively recent times, however, humans have changed these relationships. Our actions are creating a new type of coral reef. This seminar will consider the evidence from the fossil record, from evolutionary studies, and ecological surveys to describe how the world’s reefs have changed over time.


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