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Understanding of the links between coral reef ecosystems, the goods and services they provide to people, and the wellbeing of human societies.


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Examining the multi-scale dynamics of reefs, from population dynamics to macroevolution


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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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Claire Ross

Claire Ross

PhD graduate

University of Western Australia

(+61 4) 3227 2636




Claire completed a Bachelor of Science (Hons) majoring in marine biology and coastal management in 2013. Claire is now a PhD student at UWA in Perth, under the supervision of Prof. Malcolm McCulloch, Dr. Thomas DeCarlo, Asst/Prof. Jim Falter, and Dr. Verena Schoepf.

PhD title

Coral calcification mechanisms, climate impacts to coral reefs, and the use of corals as paleo-climate proxies


Professor Malcolm McCulloch 

Dr Thomas DeCarlo

Asst/Prof Jim Falter

Dr Verena Schoepf 



Ross C.L., Schoepf V, DeCarlo T.M, McCulloch M.T. (2018) Mechanisms and seasonal drivers of calcification in the temperate coral Turbinaria reniformis at its latitudinal limits. Proc. R. Soc. B 285: 20180215. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2018.0215

Ross, C.L., Falter, J.L., McCulloch, M.T. (2017) Active modulation of the calcifying fluid carbonate chemistry (δ11B, B/Ca) and seasonally invariant coral calcification at sub-tropical limits. Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 13830.

Le Nohaïc, M., Ross, C.L., Cornwall, C.E., Comeau, S., Lowe, R., McCulloch, M.T., Schoepf, V. (2017) Marine heatwave causes unprecedented regional mass bleaching of thermally resistant corals in northwestern Australia. Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 14999.

Ross, C.L., Falter, J.L., Schoepf, V., McCulloch, M.T. (2015) Perennial growth of hermatypic corals at Rottnest Island, Western Australia (32°S). PeerJ. 3:e781.

Foster T., Short J., Falter J., Ross C., McCulloch M. (2014). Reduced calcification in Western Australian corals during anomalously high summer water temperatures. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology461:133–143.


Phone: +61 4 3227 2636 Email: claire.ross@research.uwa.edu.au

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, UWA Oceans Institute and School of Earth Sciences, The University of Western Australia Crawley, Western Australia 6009


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