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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Mattew Lybolt

Mattew Lybolt

PhD Graduate

University of Queensland

Matt finished his PhD under Professors John Pandolfi, Jian-xin Zhao, and David Neil at the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at the University of Queensland, and returned to Florida. Back in the realm of implementing national-level policy as a consultant, Matt is working to help government agencies and private-sector firms to avoid and minimize their ecological footprints while keeping in compliance with laws and regulations. While this is rather a long way from palaeoecology of marginal coral reefs in Moreton Bay, he keeps his ties to the field and to Australia as best he can. Now with a young daughter and twin babies, Matt and his wife Karen are more-or-less chronically sleep deprived. Matt hopes to maintain his links to the CoE and collaborate with any interested researchers in the future.


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