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 Bleaching

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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Ann Mooney

Ann Mooney

MSc Graduate

University of Queensland

From Hawaii, Ann began her career hauling marine debris off coral reefs of remote Pacific Atolls, working as a benthic habitat analyst and coordinating research cruises. She completed her BSc in biology and MSc under the supervision of Ken Anthony at the Centre for Marine Studies at the University of Queensland studying how ocean acidification affects the strength of the skeletal structure of scleractinian corals. In her free time, Ann can be found surfing or buried in a good book.


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