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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Lauretta Grasso

Lauretta Grasso

Former Research Fellow

James Cook University

Lauretta is North Queensland born and bred. She did her undergraduate degree with a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at James Cook University. This was followed by Honours and a PhD at the Australian National University in Canberra, both of which focused on developmental mechanisms in the coral Acropora millepora. Her research interests include the molecular control of coral settlement and metamorphosis, and symbiont recognition.


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