James Cook University
Understanding of the links between coral reef ecosystems, the goods and services they provide to people, and the wellbeing of human societies.
Examining the multi-scale dynamics of reefs, from population dynamics to macroevolution
Advancing the fundamental understanding of the key processes underpinning reef resilience.
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)
Andreas was born and grew up in rural Germany, about as far away from coral reefs you can get. He discovered his love for coral reefs during a trip to Australia about ten years ago with an obligatory trip to the Great Barrier Reef and an OWD course. With an undergrad in Ecology and a Masters degree in Sustainable Development from Utrecht University Andreas covered both the natural and social sciences, while always keeping an eye on coral reef sciences. For his Masters thesis Andreas teamed up with a group of scientists from Wageningen University to investigate regime shift dynamics in coral reefs using a modelling approach. More precisely, the team examined grazer dynamics and the role of functional redundancy and response diversity for the resilience of our model reefs. After completing a traineeship at the European Commission and at a dive centre in Portugal, Andreas received the offer to pursue his PhD at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies under the supervision of Professor Terry Hughes. He will examine the role of history, time lags and cascading effects in shaping coral reef dynamics.
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