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)

Menu Image Menu Image Menu Image Menu Image Menu Image Menu Image Menu Image
ResearchersResearchers StudentsStudents AdjunctsAdjuncts AlumniAlumni ManagementManagement
Linda Tonk

Linda Tonk

PhD Graduate

University of Queensland

Linda grew up in the Netherlands where she completed her MSc in Marine Biology at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (1995 -2000). She worked as a research assistant cultivating microalgae at the department of Aquatic Microbiology, Universiteit van Amsterdam where she also completed her PhD on the impact of environmental factors on toxic and bioactive peptide production by harmful cyanobacteria (2003-2007). As of 2009 she has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Biological Sciences, the University of Queensland. Her current research focuses on Symbiodinium diversity on the Great Barrier Reef with the aim to understand how environmental factors and host specificity affect symbiont community diversity in the face of a changing climate. More broadly her research interests lie at the intersection of microbiology, phytoplankton physiology and marine & molecular ecology.


Australian Research Council Pandora

Partner Research Institutions

Partner Partner Partner Partner
Coral Reef Studies