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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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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Christina Hicks

Christina Hicks


Lancaster University (UK)


Christina joined the Center for Ocean Solutions as a social science research fellow in 2013.  She is an applied social scientist tackling fisheries, conservation, and livelihood challenges.  Her research integrates theory and methods from economics, psychology, political science, and fisheries science to examine the way people’s values relate to and change, depending on their social context. Christina is interested inusing novel and interdisciplinary approaches to address environmental challenges.

Christina received her PhD in ecosystem services at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University in Australia.  She earned her Masters of Science in Tropical Coastal Management at Newcaslte University in the UK.

Christina’s work experience spans disciplines from coral reef ecology to inorganic chemistry.  Her studies have taken her all over the world from Australia, the UK and Kenya.

Christina’s profile at Lancaster University

Christina on Google Scholar


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