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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Jasmine Cane

Jasmine Cane

MPhil Candidate

Jasmine is a recently commenced MPhil student at JCU in 2021. Her project focuses on the Spiny chromis, Acanthochromis polyacanthus, as a model coral reef fish species to explore how ocean warming, acidification, and sedimentation effects juvenile development, and whether these effects vary among generations. This work builds on an existing research project to explore whether the impacts of acidification and sedimentation differ if previous generations (parental and grandparent) have already experienced and acclimated to ocean warming. Her supervisory panel includes Jennifer Donelson (JCU) and Andrew Hoey (JCU).

Her previous work includes two summer projects at University of Otago, in New Zealand, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Marine Science. In 2019 she was a summer student under the supervision of Professor Miles Lamare looking at the capacity for thermal adaptation in the Antarctic sea star, Odontaster validus. In 2020 she assisted Dr. Gert-Jan Jeunen in his research exploring the spatial and temporal resolution of marine eDNA, and the efficiency of eDNA retention in different filter-feeding taxa.

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