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Understanding of the links between coral reef ecosystems, the goods and services they provide to people, and the wellbeing of human societies.


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Examining the multi-scale dynamics of reefs, from population dynamics to macroevolution


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Advancing the fundamental understanding of the key processes underpinning reef resilience.

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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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Edmond Sacre

Edmond Sacre

PhD candidate

James Cook University, Townsville

+61 7 4781 6024

Project title:

Improving the effectiveness of marine protected area networks: shifting the focus towards threat mitigation and avoiding residual conservation

Project description:

Ed’s research focuses on determining the best ways to design marine protected area (MPA) networks to mitigate threats to marine biodiversity. In order to have the greatest impact, we must use MPAs in a way that reduces the loss of biodiversity, otherwise these MPAs are what we call “residual” (having no impact). For his research, Ed is comparing the effectiveness of alternative MPA network designs at mitigating the loss of marine biodiversity on the coral reefs of Micronesia. He is then using this information to assess how well existing MPA networks conserve marine biodiversity, and to identify areas that should be protected in the future.

Advisors: Bob Pressey, Rebecca Weeks


Australian Research Council Pandora

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