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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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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Jodie Rummer

Jodie Rummer

Professor and Research Associate

Professor, James Cook University (2022-)

Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow, James Cook University (2017-2022)

Senior Research Fellow and ARC Discovery Early Career Fellow (2014-2016)

ARC Super Science Fellow, James Cook University (2011-2014)

Post-doctoral Fellow, City University of Hong Kong, 2010-2011

Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 2010

M.Sc., University of West Florida, 2004

B.Sc. (hon.), University of West Florida, 1999

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Dr. Jodie Rummer’s background is in marine biology and comparative physiology. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University. But, prior to joining JCU in 2011 as an ARC Super Science Fellow, Jodie’s academic training started in the U.S. (BSc and MSc degrees, both from the University of West Florida), took her to Canada (PhD from the University of British Columbia), and then to Hong Kong for a short post-doctoral fellowship. Between 2015 and 2017, Jodie held an ARC Early Career Discovery Fellowship, and currently works from several other research grants with her students and collaborators.

Dr. Rummer has accolades for her research as well as her capacity to communicate and connect her findings to broad and diverse audiences. In 2015, she received the highly prestigious UNESCO-L’Oréal Women in Science Fellowship for Australia and New Zealand and gave a TEDx talk, “Athletes of the Great Barrier Reef”. In 2016, Jodie was named one of Australia’s top 5 scientists under the age of 40 by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Radio National (RN) and was awarded the Society for Experimental Biology’s President’s Medal. In 2018, Jodie was named one of the Women in Science Ambassadors for the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, & Science. In 2019, Jodie was awarded Queensland’s Tall Poppy outstanding early career researcher, scientist of the year.

Jodie gave the President’s lecture at the New England Aquarium in Boston and was an invited speaker at the Gills Club Symposium “Shark Tales: Women Making Waves” and educational outreach day, both in 2017. Already in 2019, Jodie gave a Planet Talk at WOMADelaide, which was attended by over 100,000 people, regarding the harmful effects of oil drilling and pollution on marine life, which was featured in short documentary called Wild Waters and covered by the Adelaide Review, the ABC, and Sustainable Home Hub. Jodie also spoke at the World Science Festival in Brisbane in March 2019 on “Saving what we’ve got: Australia’s wildlife under threat” and “Let’s talk: Sharks”, both sold out events reaching in person and online audiences exceeding 100,000. Jodie and her team, through the work of Tom Vierus, produced a 9 minute documentary covering their shark research in French Polynesia, which debuted at the New York City Wildlife Conservation Film Festival and three other Film Festivals so far (with over 4.6K views on Facebook, and Vimeo, 15,946 impressions, and over 1300 engagements) as well as two short videos (check them out here and here. Over the past year, Jodie has also discussed their shark research on National Geographic Wild (aired September 2018), on Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin (filmed Oct. 2018, aired March 2019), and on Discovery Canada (see Twitter and Facebook for short clips).

Over the course of her career, Jodie has researched fish buoyancy, exercise, and is a leading authority on the evolution of oxygen transport and how performance is maintained during stress. Today, Jodie’s team continues to combine ecology, evolution, and physiology to address issues important to conservation, such as the effects of climate change and other human-caused problems on coral reef fishes, sharks, and rays and the potential for adaptation. Jodie has published 67 peer-reviewed journal articles and 7 book chapters and has presented her work at more than 100 professional conferences and public events.

You can find out about Dr. Rummer’s research and her lab at www.jodierummer.com, on Instagram (@RummerLab and @physioshark), Facebook (Physioshark Project), and on Twitter (@physiologyfish) where she communicates scientific findings, highlights fellow scientists’ success stories and achievements, and advocates for issues related to women in science, gender balance, and diversity in STEM.


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