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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Lucas Lutzenkirchen

Lucas Lutzenkirchen

MPhil Student

James Cook University

Lucas first became interested in the marine environment and its inhabitants at a young age when he visited the aquarium in his hometown Berlin, Germany. After finishing a nursing degree and spending most of his time travelling overseas, Lucas picked up the pencil again to start a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology in Townsville in 2019. After completing his BSc. in 2021, he is now investigating reef flat systems as part of his Master’s under the supervision of Prof. David Bellwood and Dr. Stephanie Duce.


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