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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Catalina Reyes-Nivia

Catalina Reyes-Nivia

PhD Graduate

University of Queensland

Catalina is from Colombia where she completed her BSc (Honors) in Biology at the Universidad del Valle. Her research focused on the predation on living coral by parrotfishes in the Tayrona Natural Park, Colombian Caribbean. Soon after that she moved to Australia and joined the Coral Reef Ecosystems Lab, at the University of Queensland where she completed a PhD under the supervision of Ass/Prof Sophie Dove and Dr Guillermo Diaz-Pulido. Catalina’s project assessed the effects of ocean acidification and warming scenarios on the dissolution/microbioerosion of corals and coralline algae.


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