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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Brock Bergseth

Brock Bergseth

Research Fellow

James Cook University

Brock has always been captivated by both the natural world and human behaviour. Growing up in rural Minnesota fostered a deep appreciation and passion for the wilderness, outdoors adventures, and environmental stewardship. This grounding shapes his research program, which seeks to understand and influence human behaviour to bolster the effectiveness of conservation programs. As an interdisciplinary scientist, Brock combines biological, ecological, and behavioural science disciplines to understand the nature and implications of human interactions with coral reef ecosystems. A central tenant of his approach is working with key end user groups to develop and deliver research programs that address key conservation priorities. Brock’s professional experience is diverse, and spans a range of roles working in academic, industrial, and philanthropic sectors.


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