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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Fernanda Terra Stori

Fernanda Terra Stori

Visting Scholar

James Cook University

Fernanda is an oceanographer from Brazil and she obtained the Doctoral degree in Ecology and Natural Resources from the Federal University of São Carlos (Brazil) in 2010. Currently, she is a postdoctoral researcher from São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and integrates the Laboratory of Management of Marine Ecosystems/Institute of Oceanography, University of São Paulo. Fernanda obtained a grant from FAPESP in 2017 to develop an internship at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies to improve her knowledge on marine planning, management and conservation strategies. Since her MSc, she has been performing ethnoecological research in small-scale fisheries communities embraced by Marine Protected Areas and/or threatened by projects of economic development in the coastal zone. She worked for 5 years in the government of State of São Paulo with environmental education, fisheries enforcement, management of Marine Protected Areas and Coastal Zone Management. In her current research, she is pursuing to integrate fishers’ knowledge with marine policies in order to build resilient social-ecological systems.


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