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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Loic Thibaut

Loic Thibaut

PhD candidate

James Cook University & Marie Curie

Loic was born and raised in France. After completing a Master degree in theoretical computer science at the University of Nancy, he worked as an IT for more than 10 years, mainly overseas. He developed a strong interest in marine ecology while working in Africa on a European Union funded fisheries management project and decided to go back to university. Today he is a PhD student at JCU and University Pierre & Marie Curie, supervised by Prof. Terry Hughes, A.Prof. Sean Connolly and Prof. Rene Galzin. His research focuses on modelling approaches to reef fish assemblages resilience using data from long term monitoring programs.


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