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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


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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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Janice Lough

Janice Lough

Senior Principal Research Scientist

Adjunct Professorial Research Fellow and Partner Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Reef Studies, James Cook University
Advisory Editor - Coral Reefs

Bsc. (Hons) and PhD, University of East Anglia, Norwich UK

Australian Institute of Marine Science

+61 (0)7 4753 4248

I undertake research in 2 main areas:
extraction and interpretation of proxy climate and environmental information from records contained in long-lived annually-banded massive corals. Such records extend the short instrumental records the for tropical oceans & provide critical insights into the nature and causes of past climate and environmental changes;
detecting and understanding the consequences of a rapidly changing global climate due to human activities for tropical coral reef ecosystems.

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