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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.


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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Jordan Casey

Jordan Casey

PhD Graduate

PhD, James Cook University (2015)

James Cook University

Personal Profiles:


Parravicini, V*, JM Casey*, NMD Schiettekatte, SJ Brandl, C Pozas-Schacre, J Carlot, GJ Edgar, NAJ Graham, M Harmelin-Vivien, M Kulbicki, G Strona, RD Stuart-Smith, and J Vii. Global fish gut content data synthesis and phylogeny delineate reef fish trophic guildsbioRxiv

​Brandl, SJ, JM Casey, and CP Meyer (2020) Dietary and habitat niche partitioning in congeneric cryptobenthic reef fishesCoral Reefs 39, 309-317.

Brandl, SJ, RA Morais, JM Casey, V Parravicini, L Tornabene, CHR Goatley, IM Côté, CC Baldwin, NMD Schiettekatte, and DR Bellwood (2019) Response to Comment on “Demographic dynamics of the smallest marine vertebrates fuel coral reef ecosystem functioning”Science 366

Anderson, KD, NE Cantin, JM Casey, and MS Pratchett. (2019) Independent effects of ocean warming versus acidification on the growth, survivorship and physiology of two Acropora coralsCoral Reefs 38, 1225-1240.

Brandl, SJ, L Tornabene, CHR Goatley, JM Casey, RA Morais, IM Côté, CC Baldwin, V Parravicini, NMD Schiettekatte, and DR Bellwood (2019) Demographic dynamics of the smallest marine vertebrates fuel coral-reef ecosystem functioningScience 364, 1189-1192.

Casey, JM, CP Meyer, F Morat, SJ Brandl, S Planes, and V Parravicini (2019) Reconstructing hyperdiverse food webs: gut content metabarcoding as a tool to disentangle trophic interactions on coral reefsMethods in Ecology and Evolution 10, 1157-1170.

Brandl, SJ, DB Rasher, IM Côté, JM Casey, ES Darling, JS Lefcheck, and JE Duffy (2019) Coral reef ecosystem functioning: eight core processes and the role of biodiversityFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment 17, 445-454.

Staaterman, E, SJ Brandl, M Hauer, JM Casey, AJ Gallagher, and AN Rice (2018) Individual voices in a cluttered soundscape: acoustic ecology of the Bocon Toadfish, Amphicthys cryptocentrusEnvironmental Biology of Fishes 101, 979.

Brandl SJ, JM Casey, N Knowlton, and JE Duffy (2017) Marine dock pilings foster diverse, native cryptobenthic fish assemblages across bioregions. Ecology and Evolution

Casey, JM, AH Baird, SJ Brandl, MO Hoogenboom, JR Rizzari, AJ Frisch, CE Mirbach, and SR Connolly (2016) A test of trophic cascade theory: fish and benthic assemblages across a predator density gradient on coral reefs. Oecologia 183: 161-175.

Casey, JM, SR Connolly, and TD Ainsworth (2015) Coral transplantation triggers shift in microbiome and promotion of coral disease associated potential pathogens. Scientific Reports 5: 11903.

Casey, JM, JH Choat, and SR Connolly (2015) Coupled dynamics of territorial damselfishes and juvenile corals on the reef crest.Coral Reefs 34: 1-11.

Casey, JM, TD Ainsworth, JH Choat and SR Connolly (2014) Farming behaviour of reef fishes increases the prevalence of coral disease associated microbes and black band disease. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281: 20141032.

Casey, JM, ME Wilson, N Hollingshead and DG Haskell (2010) The effects of exurbanization on bird and macroinvertebrate communities in deciduous forests on the Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee. International Journal of Ecology 2009: 539417.


Casey, JM (2015) The role of territorial grazers in coral reef trophic dynamics from microbes to apex predators. PhD Thesis, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia. 200 pp.

Casey, JM (2009) Effects of exurbanization on avian and macroinvertebrate diversity in Sewanee, Tennessee. Honors Thesis, Sewanee: The University of the South, Sewanee, USA. 21 pp.

Casey, JM (2009) Ecofeminismo: El valor intrínseco de la naturaleza y de la mujer en Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú y La mujer habitada. Honors Thesis, Sewanee: The University of the South, Sewanee, USA. 40 pp.


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