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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Grace Al Moajil-Cole

Grace Al Moajil-Cole

MPhil Candidate

James Cook University

Grace is from the UK, and naturally has always dreamed of one day living in warmer climes! Grace completed her undergraduate degree (BSc (hons) Marine Geography) at Cardiff University in Wales. She developed a love of temperate marine systems and macroalgae during a 3-month placement in Greece whilst collecting data for her honours project; the effects of the invasive alga Caulerpa cylindracea on native macroalgae community composition and ecosystem structure. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, Grace finally moved to the warmer climes of Northern Queensland to continue her macroalgae adventure but this time in tropical waters. Grace is now studying a MPhil with Dr. David Bourne and Dr. Andrew Hoey, investigating ecological and microbial coral-algal interactions, to begin to identify the role of microbes in shifting coral environments.


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