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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Virginia Chadwick Reef Talk Series, Australian Festival of Chamber Music


Wednesday, 4th August - Saturday, 7th August

C2, Townsville Civic Theatre
  • Wednesday, 4th August: Sharks, Sirenians, Salties, Seabirds and Satellites
  • Thursday, 5th August: Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef: Evidence and Consequences
  • Friday, 6th August: The Beauty of Coral Reefs in Music, Images and Words
  • Saturday, 7th August: Virginia Chadwick and the Great Barrier Reef: Her Perpetual Legacy

All talks 6.45pm, C2, Townsville Civic Theatre

Tickets to each talk cost $10 per person (aged/invalid pension card holders and children under the age of 12 are free)



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