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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Julia Yun-Hsuan Hung

Julia Yun-Hsuan Hung

PhD Candidate

Julia grew up in Taiwan, where she found her passion for marine biology. She moved to Australia in 2016 to pursue her MSc in Marine biology and ecology at James Cook University. She has since been engaged in several research projects at James Cook University and ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies. During her time working with A/Prof David Bourne, she has developed an interest in the coral microbiome and coral disease. Julia is currently conducting her PhD project under the joint supervision of A/Prof. David Bourne, Prof. David Miller and Dr. Ira Cooke. Her research focuses on investigating the microbial and coral interactions during the progression of Black Band Disease lesions.

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