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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Adrian Lutz

Adrian Lutz

PhD Graduate

James Cook University

Adrian grew up in Switzerland and completed his MSc in biology at the University of Basel. He first came to Townsville in 2005 to work with Madeleine van Oppen for his thesis on the genetic connectivity of Seriatopora hystrix. He returned to Switzerland to finish his degree and worked for the Institute of Zoology of the University of Basel. Thanks to an AIMS@JCU scholarship he’s back in Townsville working with Madeleine van Oppen, David Miller and Walt Dunlap. His PhD investigated the potential antioxidant role of Coenzyme Q and Plastoquinone in coral


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