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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Dominique Roche

Dominique Roche

PhD Graduate

Australian National University

Dom is from Montreal, Canada, where he completed a BSc in biology at McGill University. Determined to work on marine fishes, he spent part of his undergraduate years in Barbados at the Bellairs Research Institute studying the home range size and time-budget of small piscivores. Later, he completed his MSc in a joint program between McGill and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama under the supervision of Drs. Brian Leung and Mark Torchin. Here, he went from predators to parasites comparing the effects of parasites on competing species of native and introduced cichlid fishes in the Panama Canal watershed. He completed his PhD the ANU with his research examining how unsteady water motion from waves influences locomotion and predator-prey interactions in coral reef fishes.


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