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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Magena Marzonie

Magena Marzonie

PhD Candidate

• MSc, James Cook University (2018)

James Cook University

Magena was born and raised in the landlocked state of Colorado and graduated with a BSc in biology at Fort Lewis College in 2012. Her interest for coral reef biology was sparked by family scuba trips to the Caribbean, subsequently leading her to enrol in a MSc at James Cook University. Upon finishing her degree, she worked at the Australian Institute of Marine Science for one year as a research technician on Assisted Gene Flow in corals to aid in restoration efforts.

Magena has just started a collaborative PhD with the Centre of Excellence, JCU and AIMS on genome wide assessment of heat tolerance in corals. She aims to answer knowledge gaps pertaining to local adaptation of corals, specifically investigating the genetic mechanisms that are linked to bleaching responses. This will involve acute heat stress experiments in the Coral Sea and GBR to identify corals of high and low heat stress tolerance, combined with genetic lab work to understand the responsible genetic framework.


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