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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Dan Breen

Dan Breen

PhD Graduate

James Cook University

Dan completed his PhD at JCU on systematic conservation planning for marine protected areas (MPAs) with the supervision of Prof. Geoff Jones and Dr Nick Otway. He now works for the New Zealand Department of Conservation in Auckland on MPAs and provides science advice for Maui’s dolphin and other threatened species. He previously worked for the NSW Marine Parks Authority and NSW Fisheries in establishing marine parks and aquatic reserves, for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on the Representative Areas Program, as a consultant in monitoring the impacts of tourism and other activities and as a interpreter with Reef Biosearch in Port Douglas. Dan’s research interests include quantitative marine ecology, spatial and statistical modeling of marine communities and applying GIS based decision support systems (including Marxan, C-Plan and Zonation). Dan, his wife Dr Barbara Bollard-Breen (Auckland University of Technology and WWF), and two children (Jack and Cassie) now live on a vineyard on Waiheke Island in New Zealand, love to have visitors and enjoy working throughout the Pacific.


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