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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Chloë Boote

Chloë Boote

PhD Graduate

James Cook University

Chloë originates from a countryside town just outside of London. Although from a landlocked shire, Chloë always wanted to be a ‘sea doctor’. During childhood trips rockpooling on the English coast, she was introduced to sea anemones which started her captivation with all things cnidarian.

During Chloë’s BSc (University of Portsmouth) she acquired funding to venture from the cold shores of the UK to tropical Indonesia to assess the thermal niche of Porites lutea. After another Indonesian excursion, Chloë completed her MSc in the physiological and molecular response of Acropora digitifera during stress and recovery (University of Essex).

After volunteering in aquariums and teaching reef ecology in Honduras, she returned to the academic fold for her PhD at JCU. Chloë finds it fascinating that processes, indiscernible by eye, occur consistently and autonomically to construct life. Furthermore, how these imperceptible mechanisms can have large ramifications on ecosystem health. Under the supervision of Prof. David Miller, Dr. Aurelie Moya and Dr. Ira Cooke, Chloë is using a number of –omics approaches to investigate the microbial and molecular biology of the mushroom coral, Heliofungia actiniformis, throughout its life history, from egg to adult, and the repercussions of bleaching on this.


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