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 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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Mauro Lepore

Mauro Lepore

PhD candidate

University of Queensland

Mauro is interested in the long term dynamics of coral reefs in areas particularly affected by human development. Under the supervision of John Pandolfi and Jian-xin Zhao, Mauro is doing a PhD in the Marine Palaeo Ecology Lab at the University of Queensland. His PhD investigates what coral reefs where like before and after European settlement in Queensland (Australia) in order to evaluate the role of human impacts in coral reefs decline. In particular, Mauro is studying the case of the Keppel Islands, southern Great Barrier Reef. Mauro believes that science gave him the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and gain invaluable knowledge and experiences.

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