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 Cole

Andrew Cole

PhD Graduate

James Cook University

Andrew completed his PhD at JCU in 2011 under the supervision of Morgan Pratchett, Shaun Wilson and Geoff Jones. His research examined the functional importance of coral-feeding fishes and assessed the energetic cost that chronic predation has on reef-building corals. In 2012, Andrew began a research fellowship in the Macroalgal Biofuels and Bioproducts project at JCU. Andrew leads the Biomass Scale Up subprogram which aims to optimise macroalgal biomass production and the bioremediation of aquatic waste streams, ultimately providing a cost effective option for nutrient bioremediation and a platform for sustainable and commercially viable macroalgal biomass production.


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