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.

Coral Bleaching

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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Hannah Markham

Hannah Markham

PhD graduate

University of Queensland

Hannah completed her undergraduate BSc (Hons) at the University of Swansea, UK where her dissertation was on the Anthropogenic Impacts on the Coral Reefs of Roatan, Honduras. She then went on to live in the field in Madagascar for 2 ½ years where she ran the research component of a small volunteer-based NGO conducting a baseline assessment of the tropical marine habitats and developed a number of new survey methodologies. Following her return to the UK she then took two masters courses, the first in Aquatic Biology and Resource Management at the University of Exeter in 2007 that led to field research on Cousin Island, Seychelles investigating the drivers for the lack of reef recovery following the 1998 bleaching event. Later in 2008 she completed her second course in Tropical Coastal Management at the University of Newcastle, which involved a research project on coral immunity at JCU in Townsville. Her PhD now expands her passion for benthic ecology into a historical dimension by reconstructing past reef assemblages to investigate the effect of anthropogenic stressors on the inshore reefs of the GBR in the wet tropics.

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