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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Jessie Short

Jessie Short

PhD Graduate

University of Western Australia

Jessie grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada, where she fell in love with the ocean. She attended Dalhousie University in Halifax, where she completed a combined honours degree in marine biology and oceanography under the supervision of Dr. Anna Metaxas. After hearing tales of the wild and wonderfully untouched Ningaloo Reef, Jessie moved to Western Australia in 2011 to where she completed her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Malcolm McCulloch and Prof. Gary Kendrick focussing on how climate change will affect calcification rates of important WA reef-building species such as corals and coralline algae. She also investigated how interactions between algal taxa will change as the ocean becomes more acidic.


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