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 De Freitas Prazeres

Martina De Freitas Prazeres

PhD graduate

University of Queensland

Martina is originally from Brazil, and completed her BSc in Marine Biology at the Universidade Federal Fluminense,  where she studied the anthropogenic impacts on the coral reefs from Bahia and Pernambuco (Northeast region) using benthic foraminifera as bioindicators. Afterwards, she finished her MSc in Biological Oceanography in 2009 expanding her work to offshore coral communities located in the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago. For her PhD, she is interested in applying symbiont-bearing foraminifera as bioindicators to detect changes through time and space along the Great Barrier Reef, and how we can use them to identify changes driven by climate change and local impacts in coral reef ecosystems.

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