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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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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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Eugenia Sampayo

Eugenia Sampayo

Research Fellow

PhD, University of Queensland

University of Queensland

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Eugenia is a Research Fellow at the University of Queensland working in the laboratory of Prof. John Pandolfi (ARC CoE Program 2).  She completed her PhD in 2008 at the University of Queensland, after which she worked in the USA and Japan before returning to the ARC CoE in 2012. Eugenia’s research focuses on the ecology and functional significance of the symbiotic dinoflagellates (Symbiodinium) that associate with many marine invertebrates, including scleractinian corals. She is particularly interested symbioses ecology and evolution, species ranges and flexibility of symbiotic partnerships in the context of climate change.  Her recent work investigates the connections between tropical and high latitude coral communities to explore if the coral symbionts contribute to limiting their hosts’ distribution ranges.   In addition, she is working on recruitment between these regions, particularly differences in larval viability and settlement success as a factor of thermal conditions and experimentally testing whether generational turnover in symbiotic partnerships has the potential to shift tolerance range limits.

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