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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Ashley Frisch

Ashley Frisch

Former Research Fellow

James Cook University

Ashley has wide-ranging interests in the ecology and fisheries biology of coral reef organisms, particularly exploited macrofauna such as shark, fish and lobster. In 2007, Ashley completed a PhD in marine biology at James Cook University. He then worked for three years as a fishery manager at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.  At the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Ashley investigated the ecological importance of apex predators to coral reefs. He is particularly interested in how overfishing of reef sharks can influence trophic dynamics of coral reefs, and how reef sharks should be managed to maximise ecological resilience of coral reefs in the face of climate change.


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