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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Marie Lapointe

Marie Lapointe

PhD candidate


James Cook University

I am an ecologist and social scientist from Montreal, Canada. My PhD research is about how living in cities changes how we perceive, use, and benefit from nature. Now that more than half for the world’s population lives in cities, it is important to understand how it affects the many benefits that we obtain from nature. I conducted my fieldwork in the Solomon Islands, which is urbanizing rapidly. I interviewed urban and rural dwellers to compare their perceptions of ecosystem services. I further explore how these services contribute to human wellbeing. I also look at how availability and access issues limit the benefits that people obtain from nature. I am advised by Graeme Cumming and Georgina Gurney.

– B.Sc. in Biology and Environmental studies, McGill university (2004)
– M.Sc. in Plant Ecology, Université de Montréal (2009)


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