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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Casey Bowden

Casey Bowden

PhD student

JCU, Townsville

Casey put on her first snorkel mask at the age of 4 on the Great Barrier Reef and immediately fell in love with the ocean. She grew up in the heart of Melbourne and loved all activities in and around the water. She really discovered her passion for all things marine whilst travelling Australia as a child, particularly on the western coastline. Casey has been scuba diving since she was 12 years old and has worked towards a career in the marine world ever since.

Casey completed her Bachelor of Advanced Science degree, majoring in Marine Biology at James Cook University in 2019. She then worked as joint lab manager/research assistant for the Bellwood Reef Fish Lab with Will Collins in 2020 before diving into the world of research.

Casey’s Honours degree focused on the role of blennies in sediment dynamics on coral reefs, which she completed under the supervision of David Bellwood and Sterling Tebbett in 2021. Excited by the research process, Casey commenced her PhD with the Reef Function Hub in 2022, exploring the interactions between fishes and the coral reef environment in which they live.


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