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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Louisa Evans

Louisa Evans

Former Research Fellow

James Cook University

Louisa is a social scientist with interests in governance of marine systems mainly in developing countries. Her PhD at the University of East Anglia (UK) used institutional analysis and political ecology to explore issues of inclusion, knowledge and complexity in governance of marine social-ecological systems in Kenya. Following this, Louisa moved to the WorldFish Center in Malaysia to continue work in resilience thinking and how these concepts can be applied to small-scale fisheries in the developing world. Louisa started as a postdoctoral fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in 2010. Her research investigated the legitimacy and effectiveness of coastal governance and climate change adaptation in Australia, Solomon Islands, and Tanzania.  In 2014 Louisa took up a new position as Advanced Research Fellow, Humanities and Social Sciences Geography, College of Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, United Kingdom.


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