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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Eldon Ball

Eldon Ball

Honorary Group Leader - Ball (Eldon) Lab

Australian National University

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Eldon Ball obtained his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a PhD in Marine Biology from University of California, Santa Barbara. He came to Canberra to join the Department of Neurobiology as a Research Fellow in 1971 and has been a member of several different Departments and Groups since, as his research interests and the organization of the school have changed. Much of his research career has been spent studying arthropod sensory systems and development. His major current interest is the molecular basis of coral biology, including comparative genomics, development and stress responses.

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