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.

Coral Bleaching

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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Brian Beck

Brian Beck

Marine Biologist; PhD Graduate

NOAA|Coral Reef Conservation Program

Brian grew up in the US completing a BSc and MSc in geology and paleontology at Nebraska and Iowa (studying with Prof. Ann Budd).
In 2006 he started a PhD under the supervision of Dr John Pandolfi at the University of Queensland. His research was focused on coral ecology/paleoecology looking at accretion and cyclone frequency. He finished his PhD in 2011 and is currently the Coral Reef Ecologist for the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation.


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