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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Mark Priest

Mark Priest

PhD candidate

University of Queensland

After completing an undergraduate degree in Biology in the UK, Mark worked on marine science and conservation projects in Madagascar and Oman before embarking on a Master’s degree in Guam, where he developed a keen interest in reef fish ecology. Subsequent work as a research technician at KAUST, Saudi Arabia, provided the opportunity to assist a diverse array of research projects around the world whilst developing useful fieldwork and analytical skills. Now continuing his education, Mark is a PhD candidate at UQ investigating the ecological function of fish spawning aggregations in Palau under the supervision of Professor Pete Mumby.


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