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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Ben Mason

Ben Mason

Former Research Fellow

James Cook University

Ben is originally from Slippery Rock (USA). He completed a BS in Biology/Environmental Science in 2000 at Allegheny College, a MS in Marine Biology in 2004 at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and earned his PhD in Marine Biology in 2011 from the University of Miami. His research has evolved around coral reproduction and larval biology/ecology, including investigations of the effects of ocean acidification on the early life history stages of corals and the influence of light on larval settlement. Ben joined the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in 2012 as an NSF International Postdoctoral Fellow. His research investigates the sensory biology of corals with a focus on the molecular mechanisms underpinning photo- and chemoreception in coral larvae.


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