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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Ian McLeod

Ian McLeod

PhD Graduate

James Cook University

Originally from New Zealand, Ian completed his BSc and MSc through the University of Auckland. Ian’s PhD research focussed on the impacts of sea surface temperatures on the early life history stages of coral reef fish and the consequences on these impacts on the connectivity of reef fish populations. Specifically it addressed: What are the relationships between natural temperature gradients (spatial and temporal) and the early life history traits of coral reef fishes? What are the effects of ocean warming on the early grown, survival and body condition of juvenile reef fish at equatorial regions, where they may already be living at or beyond their thermal optima? What are the interacting impacts of temperature and variable food supply on the performance of reef fish larvae. This research was supervised by Professors Geoffrey Jones, Mark McCormick and Philip Munday from JCU along with Dr Timothy Clark from AIMS.
Since graduating in 2015 Ian has worked at JCU as a researcher and communications manager. He is now the Assistant Director at the Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER) at JCU, and leads a range of projects focused on marine habitat conservation and restoration.


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