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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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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Cindy Huchery

Cindy Huchery

Senior Research Officer (On Maternity Leave)

MSc. (2007)

Program 1: People and Ecosystems

James Cook University

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Originally from France, Cindy Huchery holds a Master’s in Ecology from the University of Paris 11. Her Master’s research project brought her to Australia in 2007 where she worked on coral reef fish ecology at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Darwin. She started being interested in people after volunteering on a field trip to East Timor with the Northern Territory Government, during which she worked with local East Timorese people to carry out marine habitat surveys for coastal mapping purposes. As a result, she decided to work in the interdisciplinary field that involves Social and Ecological Sciences and has since accumulated nine years of interdisciplinary experience ranging across academia and public policy. She was as a Research Associate at the School for Environmental Research of Charles Darwin University for 3 years, where she worked on applied projects using participatory research methods, like scenario planning, and has actively engaged with stakeholders including government agencies, farmers, Indigenous Australians, and the mining industry on issues related to natural resource management. For the last 6 years, she has been working as Research Scientist at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies of James Cook University, providing research and management support to dozens of research projects looking at coral reef ecology, and the human dimensions and governance of small-scale coral reef fisheries. I have just joined the WorldFish (a CGIAR Centre) team working on small-scale fisheries research for development.

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