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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Martina Burgo

Martina Burgo

PhD Candidate

James Cook University

Martina recently commenced a AIMS@JCU PhD 2021. Her research focuses on seasonal dynamics of perennial and ephemeral macroalgae on the Great Barrier Reef. She is also interested in understanding how environmental gradients drive variation in spatial patterns of macroalgal assemblages and affect their demographic rates. In addition, she is interested in developing a predictive model of macroalgal assemblages on inshore reefs of the GBR under future scenarios of climate change and water quality. Her supervisory panel includes Prof Andrew Hoey (JCU), Dr Katharina Fabricius (AIMS) and Prof Morgan Pratchett (JCU).


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