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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Andrew Baird

Andrew Baird

Professorial Research Fellow and Chief Investigator

Professorial Research Fellow, James Cook University (2014 +)
ARC Future Fellow, James Cook University (2010-2013)
Principal Research Fellow, James Cook University (2009-2013)
Senior Research Fellow, JCU (2005-2009)
ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow, JCU (2002-2005)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, The University of the Ryukyus (2001-2002)

Ph.D, JCU, Australia • B.Sc. (Honours) Marine Ecology First Class, James Cook University (JCU)

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Dr Andrew Baird is a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and an ARC Future Fellow at James Cook University. He has broad interests in coral reef science. His current research focuses on the systematics and biogeography of reef-building corals.

Current Research Topics

The systematics and biogeography of the Acroporidae

The evolution of life history traits in reef-building corals


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Mariana Alvarez-Noriega

Tessa Hill

Alyson Kuba

Chao-yang Kuo

Edward Roberts

Tullia Terraneo

Rachel Wood (Macquarie University)


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