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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Kim Zoeller

Kim Zoeller

PhD candidate

James Cook University

Kim is a PhD student exploring cultural ecosystem services and benefits that are provided at different levels of ecological organisation, under the supervision of Graeme Cumming, Georgina Gurney and Nadine Marshall. Growing up in Cape Town, South Africa – one of the most biodiverse regions of the world – Kim had an early interest in understanding ecosystem dynamics. This interest led her to pursue a BSc in Biodiversity and Ecology & Evolution (2011), a BSc (Honours) in Botany (2012) and an MSc in Botany (2014) at the University of Cape Town. The focus of her MSc was on the pollination and breeding systems of four geoflorous Protea species. Following her studies, she worked in the private sector as a Climate Change and Environmental Consultant before returning to research as a coordinator for a project that investigated the concept of cultural ecosystem services. This project forms the foundation of her PhD, and she will continue to address questions relating to our understanding of cultural ecosystem services during her PhD research.


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