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


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Advancing the fundamental understanding of the key processes underpinning reef resilience.

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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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Manuel Gonzalez-Rivero

Manuel Gonzalez-Rivero

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Queensland

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Manuel received his PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of Exeter and under the supervision of Prof Peter J. Mumby. His research centres on applying multidisciplinary approaches to understand drivers of change in coral reefs ecosystems, and ultimately, to inform ecosystem-based management. Manuel’s research areas of interest generally lay on spatial and temporal ecology of coral reefs, as well as ecosystem-based, statistical mathematical modelling. From 2012 Manuel joined the University of Queensland, as a Post-Doctoral fellow and under the supervision of Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and A/Prof Sophie Dove. During this time, he investigated putative impacts of changing oceans on the phenological response of sponge reproduction, in particular simulating scenarios of ocean warming and acidifications using an experimental framework. More recently, Manuel has been working as part of the lead scientists of the Catlin Seaview Survey, a featured and international project of the Global Change Institute, University of Queensland. The Catlin Seaview Survey (CSS) aims at understanding global patterns and drivers of coral reef change using innovative technological approaches.

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