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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Jen Atherton

Jen Atherton

PhD graduate

James Cook University

Jen grew up in the north west of England, but travelled to the east coast to study for her BSc (Hons) Aquatic Zoology degree at the University of Hull. After completing her undergraduate degree, Jen travelled out to Tanzania, Africa, to volunteer as a Research Assistant on a conservation project based in the Mafia Island Marine Park. She moved over to Australia in March 2011 to study for a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Mark McCormick, Prof. Geoff Jones and Dr. Ashley Frisch. Her research focused on the effects of parental and embryonic predator environments on offspring in coral reef damselfishes.


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