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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Charlotte Johansson

Charlotte Johansson

PhD Graduate

James Cook University

Charlotte is a research fellow with MACRO – the Centre for Macroalgal Resources & Biotechnology at James Cook University. Charlotte’s work falls within the Biomass Scale Up subprogram within the Macroalgal Biofuels and Bioproducts project. This program works on aquatic waste streams from diverse industries, including aquaculture, agriculture and municipal waste. It aims to optimise macroalgal biomass production and bioremediation for each waste stream at scales that are relevant to industry needs. The overarching goal is to provide a cost effective option for metal and nutrient bioremediation and to provide a platform for sustainable and commercially viable macroalgal biomass production. Charlotte is focusing on identifying biosorbents from algae for the bioremediation of metals and metalloids and developing preparation techniques which can be used by industry partners.


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