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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Cathie Page

Cathie Page

PhD Graduate

James Cook University

Cathie moved to Townsville from northern-NSW to complete her Bachelors degree at James Cook University. She then traveled overseas for 18 months before returning to complete her Honours at JCU. While working at the Australian Institute of Marine Science she developed an interest in coral disease and icompleted a PhD under the supervision of Bette Willis and Terry Hughes. Cathie investigated the biological impacts and spatial patterns in coral disease prevalence on the Great Barrier Reef. Cathie is planning to continue research in this field.


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