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 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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Daisie Ogawa

Daisie Ogawa

PhD Graduate

James Cook University

Daisie’s interest in the molecular biology of corals began during a corals reef class she attended while on a study abroad at the University of Queensland during her undergrad. After completing a double major in Biology (BSc) and Marine Science (BSc) at her home university, the University of Georgia (Athens, GA, USA), she came to JCU to join Dr. Bill Leggat’s lab in the Biochemistry department. Her PhD project focused on the effects of increased CO2 and temperature on the members of the Acropora aspera holobiont (animal host, endosymbiotic algae, Symbiodinium, and the microbial community), especially in relation to transcriptomic responses of the host and photophysiology of the Symbiodinum.


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