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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Lauriane Baraf

Lauriane Baraf

PhD Candidate

MSc James Cook University, BSc University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris)

Genetics Society of AustralAsia Inc.,
Australian Marine Science Association,
Centre for Tropical Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology,
Australian Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Society of Australia

James Cook University, Townsville

Originally from France, Lauriane developed an interest for marine ecosystems and biodiversity from an early age, spending much of her childhood chasing ornate wrasses and dusky groupers along the Mediterranean coastline. Her journey into understanding species evolution and patterns of diversification started at University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris) where she completed a BSc in Science of Life and Technologies. Highly diverse coral reefs quickly stood out as particularly interesting study systems, which led her to move to Australia to pursue a MSc in Marine Biology and Ecology at James Cook University. Here, she met her current thesis supervisors, Dr. Peter Cowman and Prof. Morgan Pratchett, and began to explore the evolution, ancestral biogeography and ecology of marine angelfishes as part of her minor project. In 2021, she started her PhD at ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies whereby she continues to explore the evolutionary history of marine angelfishes using novel genomic approaches and bioinformatics. Her thesis aims to explore (1) the phylogenomics and patterns of trait variation for the family using ultra-conserved elements of the genome, (2) the effects of alternate periods of separation and gene flow in recently diverged clades and, the differences in genomic structures and signatures between (3) small and large, and (4) hybridizing pomacanthid species by conducting whole genome sequencing, annotations and genomic comparisons. Lauriane hopes that this research will provide high quality genomic resources (e.g. reference genomes), efficient bioinformatics pipelines and will help to enhance our understanding of reef fish evolution.

Personal Profiles

Personal website https://laurianebaraf.wixsite.com/evoeco

ResearchGate https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lauriane-Baraf-2

Google scholar https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=fr&user=re4xgEgAAAAJ


Research Interests


Next-generation sequencing

Coral reef ecology






Australian Research Council Pandora

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