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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Matthew Jankowski

Matthew Jankowski

PhD graduate

James Cook University

Matt was originally born in Melbourne Australia, but left before he was one and grew up in Cambridge in the UK. He started scuba diving around the age of 15 which is when he developed his interest in the marine sciences. Matt did his undergraduate studies at Newcastle University in the UK and always had an interest in tropical marine biology, in particular coral reefs. He then undertook a master of applied science degree in marine biology at JCU in Townsville where he learnt more about coral reefs and tropical marine biology in general. In his last semester he did a research project under the supervision of Geoff Jones looking at the effects of depth and aspect on coral reef fish distributions on reefs in Kimbe Bay, PNG. Matt is now a research student studying the effects of depth on the distribution, habitat use and specialisation of coral reef fishes. He is supervised by Professor Geoff Jones and Dr Nick Graham and has carried out work on both the GBR and the reefs of Kimbe Bay, PNG.


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