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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Catherine Kim

Catherine Kim

PhD Candidate

University of Queensland

+617 3365 35348

Catherine joined the Coral Reef Ecosystems Lab at the University of Queensland in 2014 as a PhD student.  She is focusing her research on the coral reefs of Timor-Leste combining XL Catlin Seaview Survey kilometer-scale transects, US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and survey data to assess benthic community composition, biodiversity of cryptofauna, and coral health along the north coast.

She also is a Young Science Ambassador for the Wonders of Science STEM education program based in Queensland and enjoys bringing the reef to kids with the XL Catlin Seaview Survey 360 degree imagery and Google’s virtual reality cardboards.

Previously, Catherine worked for Professor Drew Harvell at Cornell University managing her NSF Research Coordination Network for the Ecology of Infectious Marine Diseases and worked on eelgrass wasting disease in the San Juan Islands, WA and Porities growth anomalies in Puako, HI.  She also spent two semesters and a summer in Hawai’i for an Earth Systems field program and an internship at the NOAA Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center.

In her free-time Catherine enjoys cooking, knitting, and photographing the unique Australian wildlife. For more information see her lab profile or personal website and see her full CV here.  Thanks for stopping by!


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