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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Laura Velasquez Jimenez

Laura Velasquez Jimenez

PhD candidate

James Cook University

Laura was born in Bogota, Colombia where she completed her undergraduate degree in ecology at Javeriana University in 2013. For her undergraduate thesis, Laura worked with population structure and dynamics of barnacles in Malpelo Island. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Laura worked with international cooperation in environmental governance. In 2016, Laura moved to Australia to do a Master of Marine Biology and Ecology at JCU. For her minor project, under the supervision of Mark McCormick and Maria del Mar Palacios, Laura evaluated the effect of mesopredator release on the behaviour of Pseudochromis fuscus.

Laura is currently completing a PhD under the supervision of Mark McCormick (JCU), Geoffrey Jones (JCU) and Sophie Nedelec (University of Exeter). She aims to assess the effect of anthropogenic noise on the behaviour and physiology of coral reef fish and evaluate their potential for habituation. Laura will conduct a series of lab and field experiments, exposing fish to anthropogenic noise and recording the behavioural and physiological responses of individuals.


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