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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Alexandre C. Siqueira

Alexandre C. Siqueira

Research Associate

James Cook University

Being born where the Brazilian savannah meets the rainforest, Alexandre has always been fascinated with biological diversity. This fascination led him to study Biological Sciences, and during his degree he started working with freshwater fishes. Although these fishes taught him a lot, he decided to fulfill a passion for the sea and went on a search for salty marine environments. In the southern Brazilian coast, he undertook a Masters in Ecology examining evolutionary processes related to the latitudinal distribution of reef fish diversity. Then, to dive deeper into the evolution of reefs, he decided to make a move far from home and is now doing his PhD in Australia under the supervision of Peter Cowman and David Bellwood. Motivated by the belief that there are always good stories behind biodiversity, he intends to disentangle the historical process of functional and phylogenetic diversification in space and time on coral reefs.


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