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Understanding of the links between coral reef ecosystems, the goods and services they provide to people, and the wellbeing of human societies.


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Examining the multi-scale dynamics of reefs, from population dynamics to macroevolution


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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 Schlaefer

Jodie Schlaefer

Research Associate

The Reef and Ocean Ecology Laboratory

James Cook University

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Jodie grew up in Canberra, Australia. Her fascination with the ocean drew her to James Cook University in Townsville, where she completed a BSc (Honors; Marine Biology Advanced). Her honors research focused on the recruitment of stripey snapper, Lutjanus carponotatus, to One Tree Island in the southern Great Barrier Reef. She began her PhD in 2015, under the supervision of Professor Michael Kingsford and Professor Eric Wolanski. Jodie’s PhD research will involve applying biophysical models to investigate the spatial scales of cubozoan jellyfish stocks and the source sink dynamics of cubozoan populations.

Publication list:

Critchell, K., Grech, A., Schlaefer, J., Andutta, F. P., Lambrechts, J., Wolanski, E., & Hamann, M. (2015). Modelling the fate of marine debris along a complex shoreline: Lessons from the Great Barrier Reef. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 167, 414-426.

Starrs, D., Davis, J. T., Schlaefer, J., Ebner, B. C., Eggins, S. M., & Fulton, C. J. (2014). Maternally transmitted isotopes and their effects on larval fish: a validation of dual isotopic marks within a meta-analysis context. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 71(3), 387-397.

Awards and grants:

ER Walker Bequest Bursary                                                                          2016

Australian LIONS Foundation Research Grant                                         2016

Australian Postgraduate Award, James Cook University                       2015

Academic Medal (Bachelor Coursework)                                                    2014

CSIRO CMAR Vacation Research Scholarship                                            2013



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