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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Anne Leitch

Anne Leitch

PhD candidate

James Cook University

Anne Leitch has a background in marine ecology but these days spends more time as a social scientist. During her PhD, Anne will work with two communities adjacent to, and dependent on, the Great Barrier Reef to develop an integrated assessment of their adaptive capacity and planned response options to climate change. Anne has a BSc (Hons) from University of Sydney and Masters in Communication from QUT.


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