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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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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Aaron MacNeil

Aaron MacNeil

Former Research Scientist

Australia Institute of Marine Science

+61 (0)7 5641 4787

I develop ecosystem benchmarks to support management of the Great Barrier Reef and reefs throughout the world. My primary work involves developing adaptive management projects within the GBR Marine Park in an effort to understand key reef processes and to promote increased resilience in the future. In collaboration with researchers at James Cook University and the Wildlife Conservation Society, I am working to understand the effects of fish declines in reef ecosystems and the socio-ecological dynamics of marine fisheries. I am also a PI on the Vulcan-funded Global FinPrint project to quantify the density of reef sharks around the world.

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