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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Claire Farnsworth

Claire Farnsworth

PhD Graduate

James Cook University

Claire is originally from Victoria, but moved to Townsville in 2003, where she completed her BSc in marine biology. In her honours Claire focused on investigating the community structure of gobies (Eviota spp in particular) across the continental shelf of the GBR, under the supervision of Prof. David Bellwood and Dr. Lynne van Herwerden.


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