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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Juliano Morais

Juliano Morais

PhD Candidate

James Cook University

Despite his passion for the ocean since his childhood, Juliano grew up in Brazil more than 1000 km from the coast, where he undertook his Bachelor in Biological Sciences at the Federal University of Goiais. In 2016, he moved to the Northeast coast of Brazil to do his Master’s degree at Federal University of Paraiba and get closer to his great interest and passion: marine life diversity. During his Master’s, he worked with coral reef diversity and also collaborated with the creation of a 422 km2 marine protected area in the state of Paraiba. After completing this step, he decided to move to Australia to dive deeper in this field and, in 2020, he joined Professor David Bellwood’s lab to do his PhD focusing on interactions between fish and corals in a functional approach.


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