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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Ida Fellegara

Ida Fellegara

PhD Graduate

University of Queensland

Ida is from Italy where she completed her Bachelor of science in marine biology. She moved to Brisbane to do her Master on the ‘ Biology and ecology of the coral-eating gastropode Drupella from Heron Island’. She has just been awarded her PhD on the Ecophysiology of the corals from a high-latitude marginal environment (Moreton Bay, south east Queensland). These coral live under conditions of extreme water temperatures, high turbidity and occasional reduced salinity. There are, in part, able to survive these conditions by hosting a specific Symbiodinium population which, although not exclusive of Moreton Bay, was present in all organisms investigated. Her main interests are biodiversity, coral community dynamics and coral reproduction. She loves any outdoor activity.


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