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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Lisa Boström-Einarsson

Lisa Boström-Einarsson

PhD graduate

My primary research interest focuses on the effects of habitat degradation on the ecology of reef fishes. In particular I investigate how competitive interactions between reef fishes are affected by changes in both the abundance and quality of the coral habitat. A second research interest involves control methods for outbreaks of the crown-of-thorns starfish, Acanthaster planci (COTS).


BSc (Hons) James Cook University, PhD Candidate (current), James Cook University

James Cook University

Lisa pursued a BSc Honours Degree at JCU in marine biology, and is currently a PhD candidate at JCU investigating ecological effects of habitat degradation. In particular her project focuses on how on competition between reef fishes is affected by decreasing habitat quality. She is supervised by Professors Geoff Jones, Phil Munday and Dr. Mary Bonin


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