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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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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Kyle Hillcoat

Kyle Hillcoat

PhD Candidate

Bachelor of Science majoring in Marine Biology (2015), Graduate Certificate of Research Methods (2016)

James Cook University Townsville

Kyle grew up in Bundaberg Queensland, Australia. Coming from a family involved in the Coral Reef Fin Fish Fishery (CRFFF) and with a love of fishing himself, he completed his Bachelor of Science majoring in Marine Biology at James Cook Universities Townsville campus. After getting a taste of Fisheries Science during his undergrad, Kyle promptly focused his sights toward postgraduate studies. This began with a Graduate Certificate in Research Methods under the supervision of Professor Garry Russ where he investigated long-term benthic drivers upon predatory coral reef fishes in the Phillipines. This then led into JCU’s Master’s by Research Degree. Gratefully under the supervision of Professor Garry Russ, Professor Geoffrey Jones and in conjunction with Queensland Governments Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Kyle’s project aims to investigate latitudinal effects on the demography of three key recreational and commercial fishes, the red emperor, saddletail snapper and crimson snapper along the Queensland Coast. His findings will provide valuable insight into the future management of Queensland’s CRFFF.

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