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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Allison Paley

Allison Paley

PhD Graduate

James Cook University

Allison is originally from the east coast of the States where a shared love for playing in rock pools on the coastlines of Maine Islands and ballet led her to study a dual BSc/BA in Aquatic Biology and Dance at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After a study-abroad stint in Australia, she transferred to James Cook University (JCU) and pursued her interest in coral reef ecology, later graduating with a BSc in Marine Biology (although she still dances at every opportunity). Allison went on to complete her PhD through JCU and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Allison’s research focused on understanding the influence of coral fluorescent proteins in mitigating coral stress under supervision from Professor Bette Willis (JCU) and Drs. Line Bay and Madeleine van Oppen of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). Allison is looking pursuing a career in science communication and education


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