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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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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Benjamin Walther

Benjamin Walther

Former Research Fellow

Australian National University

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Benjamin is originally from Texas in the U.S., and received a B.A. and a B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000. He received his Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography in 2007 from the Joint Program at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During his time as a Research Fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence at ANU, he worked with Malcolm McCulloch and Mike Kingsford on reconstructing flood plume and upwelling events on the GBR using chemical proxies of environmental variability in both fish otolith and coral carbonate. In August 2009 he took up a position as Assistant Professor at the Marine Science Institute at the University of Texas in Port Aransas. He plans to continue his work on reconstructing environmental variability in the GBR as well as trace migratory patterns of fishes using elemental signatures in otoliths. He can be found at www.utmsi.utexas.edu


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