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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Inga Steindal

Inga Steindal

Research Fellow

James Cook University, Townsville

Dr Inga Frøland Steindal is a Human Frontier Science Program postdoc at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. She is a circadian biologist with interest in light sensitivity and spawning timing in hard coral.


Fong CK, Hearn T, Webb SE, Frøland Steindal IA, Miller AL, Whitmore D. Daily rhythms in heartbeat rate are intrinsic to the zebrafish heart. Curr Biol. 2021 Mar 8;31(5):R239-R240. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2021.01.106. PMID: 33689719.

Frøland Steindal IA, Whitmore D.Zebrafish circadian clock entrainment and the importance of broad spectral light sensitivity. 2020 Frontiers in Physiology,

Frøland Steindal IA, Whitmore D. Circadian Clocks in Fish-What Have We Learned so far?
Biology. 2019 Mar 19;8(1). pii: E17. doi: 10.3390/biology8010017. Review.

Frøland Steindal IA, Beale AD, Yamamoto Y, Whitmore D.
Development of the Astyanax mexicanus circadian clock and non-visual light responses. Dev Biol. 2018 Sep 15;441(2):345-354. doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2018.06.008. Epub 2018 Jun 23.


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