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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Amy Coppock

Amy Coppock

PhD candidate

BSc(Hons) Marine Biology, Swansea University; MSc, James Cook University

James Cook University

Originally from the UK, Amy completed her BSc(Hons) at Swansea University, UK. She completed her MSc at James Cook University under the supervision of Prof. Geoff Jones and Dr Naomi Gardiner. Here she looked at the ability of newly recruited coral reef fishes to orientate toward their preferred micro-habitat type through the use of chemosensory cues. Amy’s PhD research focuses on fish-sponge associations in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea, specifically how solitary and structurally complex sponge species are important as a source of shelter and/or food for local coral reef fish species. She is supervised by Professors Geoff Jones and Mark McCormick.


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