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 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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Ian Craigie

Ian Craigie

Former Research Fellow

James Cook University

Ian, originally from the UK, works on the performance and costs of protected areas. He completed his PhD in 2010 which was carried out jointly with the University of Cambridge, ZSL London and the UNEP – World Conservation Monitoring Centre. The PhD focussed on assessing the conservation performance of Africa’s protected areas. Prior to the PhD Ian worked for South African National Parks and competed an MSc at Imperial College London. Ian worked as a post-doc at the ARC Coral Reef Centre of Excellence in Townsville working with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service to understand the costs of effective protected area management.


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