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 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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Gabrielle Miller

Gabrielle Miller

PhD Graduate

James Cook University

Gabrielle grew up close to the beach in Melbourne, where she would spend her summers harassing creatures in rock pools. Her love of the marine environment was cemented during a field trip in high school to Orpheus Island. Since then she has worked towards a career in marine biology, completing her BSc(Hons) in zoology and marine and freshwater biology at Monash University before moving to JCU to complete a PhD under the supervision of Dr Philip Munday and Dr Mark McCormick. Gabrielle’s PhD project investigated the combined effects of ocean acidification and temperature on the life history of a common coral reef fish, Amphiprion melanopus. Specially, she examined the effects on growth, development, swimming performance and metabolism of juveniles and the reproductive output of adults exposed to decreased pH and increased temperatures.


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