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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Devin Rowell

Devin Rowell

PhD Candidate

University of Queensland

Devin is a PhD student at the University of Queensland under the supervision of Professor Peter Mumby and Dr. Chris Doropoulos. After obtaining a B.A. in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia, Devin worked as an environmental consultant where she was involved in a variety of monitoring, compliance, and sustainability projects in the United States. She also has experience in marine conservation and coral restoration, working for MOTE’s Tropical Research Laboratory on their reef restoration program in the Florida Keys, and is interested in the development of community-based conservation protocols to develop sustainable reef restoration programs worldwide. Devin moved to Australia in 2018 to complete a Masters in Conservation Science at the University of Queensland, where she investigated the influence of socioeconomic data resolution on the effectiveness of marine protected area design. Her PhD research will focus on the drivers of coral survival during the early stages of reef recovery and how these processes can inform the design of restoration strategies to maximise their effectiveness.


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