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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Christopher Doropoulos

Christopher Doropoulos

PhD Graduate

University of Queensland

Christopher Doropoulos was awarded his PhD from the University of Queensland in November 2013. His thesis was entitled “Disturbance effects to coral recruitment dynamics on the Great Barrier Reef”. Experimental chapters focussed on the effects of ocean acidification on: crustose coralline algae (CCA) community structure, interactions among CCA on coral settlement, and, the post-settlement growth and survivorship of coral recruits when they interact with herbivorous fish. His final chapter focussed on how adult stock and life-history traits affect population dynamics and early recovery in common coral reef habitats. Currently, Christopher is working as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow for Peter J Mumby in the Marine Spatial Ecology Laboratory, UQ (www.marinespatialecologylab.org). In collaboration with the Palau International Coral Reef Centre, his current research is focussed on how patterns of coral recruitment are influenced by biological and physical interactions.


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