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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Dr. Jacob Eurich

Dr. Jacob Eurich

Postdoctoral Scholar

PhD (Coral CoE and JCU, 2018) - BSc (UCSB, 2012)

Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara

I have moved! I completed my PhD in 2018 and I am now a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara with Dr. Douglas McCauley.

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PhD Thesis Title:

Processes underlying fine-scale partitioning and niche diversification in a guild of coral reef damselfishes [link to PhD thesis here]

Project Summary:

A major goal of ecology is to explain the mechanisms that drive species distributions and ecological partitioning along gradients in the natural environment. The distributions and coexistence of ecologically similar animals may depend on the degree of habitat specialization and behavioural interactions within and among species. The extent of ecological partitioning in guilds of coral reef fishes and overall function has been a matter of debate, but the roles of habitat selectivity and agonistic interactions have received little attention. In the thesis these effects were examined by investigating fine-scale species distributions, microhabitat use, and competition in a guild of seven territorial damselfish species in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea. Using species comparisons, ecological surveys, and extensive field experiments, this thesis addresses novel questions about the ecology and functional role of intermediate territorial damselfish and the resulting community effects.


Prof. Geoff P. Jones and Prof. Mark I. McCormick


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