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 Cramp

Jessica Cramp

PhD candidate

Off campus

Jess is an external PhD student supervised by Bob Pressey, Colin Simpfendorfer, and Michelle Heupel. Her thesis will evaluating the effectiveness of large-scale marine reserves for conserving wide-ranging sharks, using a case study of the Cook Islands Shark Sanctuary.


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