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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Jessica Cheok

Jessica Cheok

PhD Graduate

James Cook University

Jess grew up in Brunei, where she gained a profound interest and appreciation for natural environments. She holds a Bachelors of Science and Diploma by Research Methods in Aquaculture, which reflect her interests in sustainable and alternative livelihoods for coastal communities. After completion of these studies, she then focused her research towards the conservation of marine environments, undertaking her PhD with Bob Pressey, Rebecca Weeks, and James Moloney at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University, looking at the sensitivities of systematic conservation planning in marine environments to aspects of scale. This work spanned all stages in conservation planning processes that involve explicit decision related to scale, ranging from technical concerns in planning (e.g., data selection and identifying spatial priorities), to those more practical in nature (e.g., transitioning between different scales of planning and implementation, and integrating planning explicitly across multiple scales).


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