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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Chris Cvitanovic

Chris Cvitanovic

PhD Graduate

Australian National University

Chris grew up in Canberra but escaped the cold in 2004 to complete his Bachelor of Science with Honours in Marine Biology at James Cook University. At the end of his Honours Chris took a full time position with the Australian Government as the Science Manager for the Commonwealth Marine Protected Areas program. After three years working in management Chris was returning to Science, undertaking a PhD looking at the ecological energetics of butterflyfishes under the supervision of Dr. Chris Fulton (ANU) and Dr. Morgan Pratchett (JCU). Using study sites along Australia’s east coast including Lizard Island and Lord Howe Island, Chris was investigating how energy acquisition and expenditure within butterflyfishes varies under different environmental conditions.


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