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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Francois Dufois

Francois Dufois

Former Research Fellow

University of Western Australia

Francois studied in the South of France (Toulon) where he  received a PhD in Physical Oceanography in 2008. His PhD work focused on modelling the sediment dynamics in the Gulf of Lion (Western Mediterranean). He worked at University of Cape Town from 2010 to 2013, looking at the inter-annual variability of coastal dynamics around Southern Africa. He then join CSIRO in Perth from 2013 to 2016, focusing on primary production in the subtropical gyres. Since joining the ARC COE for Coral Reef Studies at UWA, his research has focused on understanding cyclone-induced sediment fluxes over coral reefs of the North West shelf.

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