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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Madeline Davey

Madeline Davey

PhD candidate

2012 - B.Arts (Honours). University of Sydney, Australia.

University of Queensland

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Madeline graduated from Honours in Geosciences (Marine) from the University of Sydney, researching the Great Barrier Reef and the implications of port developments on its World Heritage status for high users. Following this, she moved to the Philippines under the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) AusAid program as a marine ecosystems project officer. In this role, Madeline worked with government, NGOs and fisher folk, amongst other stakeholders to establish (and reestablish) community-run rights-based Marine Protected Areas. Madeline also assisted in training communities in basic management and assessment of coral reef ecosystems. Following this, Madeline worked for the University of The Philippines in collaboration with the Philippines government as their senior marine scientist. Her role was to collaborate with other experts and stakeholders to review the national marine policy of the Philippines. Madeline is now pursuing a PhD in fisheries conservation and management in Indonesia, under Prof. Peter Mumby in the Marine Spatial Ecology Lab (MSEL).


Davey, M., & Gillespie, J. (2014). The Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Marine Protected Area: valuing local perspectives in environmental protection. Australian Geographer, 45(2), 131-145.

Co, E. Gamboa, M. Castillo, E. Panela, S. Davey, M. Ceriola, P & Saban, R (2016). National Marine Policy Review and Strategic Direction. Review and Update of the 1994 National Marine Policy and the Formulation of the National Marine Strategy. University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies Press.


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