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)

Menu Image Menu Image Menu Image Menu Image Menu Image Menu Image Menu Image
ResearchersResearchers StudentsStudents AdjunctsAdjuncts AlumniAlumni ManagementManagement
Justin Welsh

Justin Welsh

PhD candidate

James Cook University

Justin was born in Canada, and after spending a significant amount of time diving in the Caribbean, he move to Australia to pursue a career in marine biology at James Cook University. After completing his BSc Honours degree in 2010, he started working on his PhD under the supervision of Prof. David Bellwood. Justin’s work focuses on the spatial ecology of coral reef fishes, with the majority of his research aimed at understanding the implications of the spatial biology of herbivorous fishes. Justin uses both passive and active acoustic telemetry to tack individual fish and evaluate their home ranging behaviour, as well as the ecological implications of their movements on coral reefs. In his spare time, he enjoys living an active lifestyle, spending a great deal of time rock-climbing, hiking and swimming.


Australian Research Council Pandora

Partner Research Institutions

Partner Partner Partner Partner
Coral Reef Studies