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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David Williamson

David Williamson

Research Associate

James Cook University

Originally from Perth, WA, David moved to Townsville to pursue a BSc and MSc in Marine Biology at JCU. David completed a PhD in the School of Marine Biology and Aquaculture at JCU under the supervision of Garry Russ, Geoff Jones, Lynne Van Herwerden and Simon Thorrold (Woods Hole Institute, USA). David investigates larval dispersal of exploited reef fish, genetic connectivity of populations and potential export effects of MPA’s within the GBR marine park. David has worked on Australian and international research and monitoring projects for organizations including the GBRMPA, CRC, the French Institute for Research and Development (IRD) and the U.S. based Smithsonian Institute.  David’s other interests include playing music, travel and adventure.


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