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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Gemma Galbraith

Gemma Galbraith

Postdoctoral Research Associate

BSc (Hons) Ecology Evolution and Behaviour, Durham University, UK ---- MSc (Distinction) Marine Environmental Management, University of York, UK

James Cook University


Gemma completed her PhD at the Centre of Excellence in 2021 where her research explored the ecology of reef fishes on submerged seamount and pinnacle coral reefs. She is interested in combining community ecology and emerging technologies to study remote and distinct coral reef habitats and to understand how understudied marine ecosystems are connected to the wider seascape.

Gemma now joins the COE as a Postdoctoral Research Associate working with Professor Andrew Hoey and Professor Geoff Jones. She is currently working on projects utilising Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to explore mesophotic (>30m) coral reefs in The Coral Sea and investigating connectivity between marine reserves on the Great Barrier Reef.



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