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)

Menu Image Menu Image Menu Image Menu Image Menu Image Menu Image Menu Image
ResearchersResearchers StudentsStudents AdjunctsAdjuncts AlumniAlumni ManagementManagement
Henry Bartelet

Henry Bartelet

PhD Candidate

MPhil, University of Bergen (2016) • MSc, New University of Lisbon (2016) • MBA, Radboud University (2016) • BBA, University of Groningen (2012)

James Cook University


Henry is a PhD candidate at James Cook University in Australia, where he works on quantifying the socio-economic resilience of the Great Barrier Reef region and other Pacific communities that are economically dependent on coral reefs. His research focuses on understanding, through a systems lens, how severe coral bleaching events impact commercial users of the reef (e.g. tourist operators and fishermen); and how different actors and institutions within the system respond to the ecological disturbance. The research will contribute to improving the ability of communities to deal with an increasingly volatile ecological environment.

Henry holds a joint European master degree (‘cum laude’) in System Dynamics from the University of Bergen (Norway), New University of Lisbon (Portugal) and the Radboud University (the Netherlands). System dynamics is grounded in the theory of nonlinear dynamics and feedback control developed in mathematics, physics, and engineering and is used as a modeling tool for examining complex systems characterized by feedback and delayed effects, characteristics that underlie most issues concerning sustainability. For his master thesis, Henry developed a simulation model to better understand how human development around coral reefs in the Philippines leads to rapid coral reef degradation. The simulation model is used to help policy makers evaluate the effectiveness of current coastal management programs. His work received an Honorable Mention by the Dana Meadows Award committee at the 2017 International System Dynamics Conference.

After his master degree, Henry worked in Oslo as an energy system modeler in DNV GL’s Energy Transition Program, the most objective and comprehensive forecast on the future of the global energy system and consequent carbon emissions. He is also the founder of DynaMundo, an international advisory company that has the goal to increase the application of systems thinking and modeling outside the academic world.


Bartelet, H., & Mulder, M. (2019). Natural Gas markets in the European Union: Testing Resilience. Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy, 9 (1)

Bartelet, H. (2017) Exploring the effectiveness of policies to reverse rapid coral reef degradation in the Philippines. System Dynamics Conference: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Bartelet, H., & Fletcher, P. (2017) Exploring disease dynamics on coral reef ecosystems through system dynamics models. System Dynamics Conference: MIT

Radulovic, I., Bartelet, H., Guerrero, A. (2016) Modeling sustainability of mass tourism in Lisbon. System Dynamics Conference: Technical University Delft, the Netherlands


Australian Research Council Pandora

Partner Research Institutions

Partner Partner Partner Partner
Coral Reef Studies