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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Leteisha Prescott

Leteisha Prescott

Masters candidate

I am originally from the Sunshine Coast, but completed my undergraduate degree here at JCU. Since late 2015, I have been an intern in Dr. Jodie Rummer’s lab, where I have been working closely with Sybille Hess (PhD candidate) investigating how suspended sediments can impair oxygen uptake in coral reef fishes. I am now starting my Master’s research with Drs. Jodie Rummer and Naomi Gardiner. Specifically, I am examining the gills of coral reef fishes in hopes of understanding the changes they make when they experience increased temperatures during a coral bleaching event.

James Cook University


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