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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Laura Puk

Laura Puk

PhD candidate

• PhD student at the University of Queensland, Australia (since 2016)
• Research assistant at the University of Bremen, Germany (2014 – 2015)
• Research assistant at the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Germany (2009 – 2012)

• MSc, University of Bremen (2015) • BSc, University of Rostock (2012)

University of Queensland

Laura grew up in Germany and discovered her love for the ocean during regular holidays in Italy. During her undergraduate studies she worked on a number of projects in different ecosystems, including the African bush, rainforests, lakes and coral reefs. The latter experience led to her decision to do her Master thesis under the supervision of Professor Christian Wild on herbivorous fishes in the Gulf of Thailand. After finishing her Master’s degree at the University of Bremen she moved to Australia in early 2016 to start her PhD in the Marine Spatial Ecology Lab at the University of Queensland under the supervision of Professor Peter Mumby. Her project focuses on macroalgal population dynamics and their control.


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