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.

Coral Bleaching

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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Davina Poulos

Davina Poulos

PhD graduate

James Cook University

Davina grew up in Sydney, Australia, where she completed her BSc in Marine Biology at the University of Technology, Sydney, and gained first class Honours researching the distribution and biodiversity value of an uncommon temperate soft coral species. During her studies, Davina gained further experience assisting with state-wide surveys for the NSW Marine Parks Authority and conducting volunteer work for NSW Fisheries. Seeking warm tropical waters, she commenced a PhD at James Cook University in 2012 where she is researching prior residency effects in fish communities, supervised by Prof. Mark McCormick. She hopes to discover how prior residents influence the establishment and persistence of individuals entering a local community and what affect this has on the dynamics of fish communities, particularly in light of our changing environment


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