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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Martin van de Meer

Martin van de Meer

PhD Graduate

James Cook University

Martin was born in South Africa spending most of his childhood hiking, fishing and snorkelling along the east coast of the country. After completing a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from The University of the Witwatersrand, he spent the next few years searching for new and exciting projects. Whilst backpacking through Australia, he was offered a MSc (research) at James Cook University looking at the extinction risk of endemic species living on the edge at Elizabeth/Middleton Reefs and Lord Howe/Norfolk Islands. This interesting work saw him upgrade at the end of 2010 to a PhD with full scholarship and tuition waiver under the supervision of Lynne van Herwerden, Geoffrey Jones, Jean-Paul Hobbs and Morgan Pratchett. He has been awarded multiple grants and collaborates widely with various Marine Park managers, Universities and government organisations.


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