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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Danielle Dixson

Danielle Dixson

PhD Graduate

James Cook University

Having recently completed her PhD, Danielle is now working as a post-doctoral research candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Danielle is originally from Minnesota, a land locked state far from the ocean, but early ambitions of becoming a marine biologist were easily nourished by many trip to the aquariums and the Floridian reefs as achild. After obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science from the University of Tampa in Florid, she participated in the seahorse and pipefish population dynamics in the Tampa sea grass bed research. Danielle’s PhD thesis investigated the role of olfactory cues played in settlement site selection by coral reef fish larvae, as well as the impact of ocean acidification on fish larval behaviour and sensory systems. Danielle’s PhD was supervised by Professors Phil Munday, Geoff Jones and Morgan Pratchett. Currently, Danielle is investigating marine connectivity and the impacts of anthropogenic activities have on the availability of olfactory cues in the water column for settling juvenile fish and corals


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