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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Adriana Chacón

Adriana Chacón

MPhil candidate

James Cook University

Adriana is from Costa Rica. She completed her BSc and Honours Degree in Economics at University of Costa Rica. While finishing her degree she worked at a private consulting firm. After graduating she started working with the Association of Private Business Chambers in Costa Rica, which lead to a position in the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Trade. In 2013 she began her Masters by Research at JCU within the School of Business under the supervision of Prof. Natalie Stoeckl and Prof. Bob Pressey, from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. She is a member of Program 6, supervised by Prof. Pressey. Her research focuses on the contribution of the environment to wellbeing.


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