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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Kate Bromfield

Kate Bromfield

PhD Graduate

University of Queensland

Kate grew up in Tasmania before moving to Brisbane early in 2005. She completed a PhD at the Centre for Marine Studies, UQ, supervised by John Pandolfi and John Jell, with input from CSIRO’s Alan Butler. She investigated faunal turnover in reef corals over the Miocene Pliocene boundary in the Indo-West Pacific. When she’s not collecting rocks, she enjoys spending time with her son


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