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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Hanaka Mera

Hanaka Mera

PhD Candidate

James Cook University

Hanaka grew up in Japan where she completed her BSc in Biology and Law at International Christian University. After working for a lab and medical device manufacturer for several years, she moved to Australia to complete her MSc in Marine biology and ecology at James Cook University. After working several jobs around JCU, Australian Institute of Marine Science and ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, she is now studying the role of hybridization in the evolutionary history of scleractinian corals. Hanaka is conducting her PhD project under the supervision of Prof Andrew Baird, Prof David Miller, and Dr Pete Cowman.


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