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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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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Joleah Lamb

Joleah Lamb

Research Fellow

Cornell University, NY USA

Joleah completed a BS in Neurobiology at the University of Oregon in the USA. As an undergraduate, she assisted in the investigation of Drosophila central nervous system development for cancer research at the Oregon Institute of Neuroscience and Molecular Biology. Her interest in disease research led her to the Oregon Center for Clinical Investigations where she coordinated clinical pharmaceutical studies for the treatment of neurological diseases and disorders. In 2011, she was awarded an AIMS@JCU research scholarship to undertake her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Bette Willis and Prof. Garry Russ from JCU, and Dr. Britta Schaffelke with AIMS.  Due to the growing demand for coastal and reef-based recreation, tourism, port development and gas/minerals exploration, many industries are focusing more and more on the world’s remaining natural marine areas for expansion. However, the influence of these industries on coral disease has not been examined. Joleah’s research focused primarily on identifying and mitigating the effects of reef-based industries on coral health and disease in Australia and the Indo-Pacific.


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