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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Karen Chong-Seng

Karen Chong-Seng

Research Associate

James Cook University

Karen comes from the Seychelles and did her BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology at JCU. Her honours thesis investigated coral reef fishes and their consumption of coral disease. She returned to her home country for her PhD and studied the ecological processes aiding and abetting the recovery of Seychelles coral reefs after being hit by the 98 bleaching. She was supervised by Dr. Morgan Pratchett, Dr. Nick Graham and Prof. David Bellwood.


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