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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Adam T Downie

Adam T Downie

PhD candidate

BSc (Hons) University of New Brunswick, Saint John campus

James Cook University

Adam completed his BSc (Hons), majoring in marine biology, in 2015 at the University of New Brunswick (Saint John campus). His honors thesis was with Dr. James Kieffer (http://shortnose.weebly.com/) and investigated the impact of acute salinity exposure on survival and hematology of juvenile shortnose sturgeon. Adam continued to work in Dr. Kieffer’s lab as a research technician for most of 2015 after graduation and worked on exercise physiology and substrate preference of juvenile sturgeon. In 2016, he began a 10 month internship with Dr. Jodie Rummer (http://www.jodierummer.com/lab.html), helping students in her lab with their research. In 2017, Adam began his PhD, investigating the exercise physiology and aerobic metabolism of coral reef fish larvae over developmental history. He is supervised by Dr. Jodie Rummer, Prof Mark McCormick and Dr. Peter Cowman.


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