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.

Coral Bleaching

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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James Kerry

James Kerry

Senior Research Officer

James Cook University

James completed his PhD in marine biology at James Cook University in November 2015, under the supervision of Prof. David Bellwood, he now works directly for the Centre Director, Prof. Terry Hughes. In this capacity he has been co-ordinating the National Coral Bleaching Taskforce since its inception in late 2015. This has involved collection and analysis of research data from multiple research institutions around Australia, as well as several weeks at sea and in aircraft surveying the 2016 mass coral bleaching event. James also works as a freelance writer in Australia, specialising in science communication.


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