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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Melanie Trapon

Melanie Trapon

PhD graduate


Melanie grew up in France and attended the University of La Rochelle where she completed a Bachelor in Biology. Her passion for marine life and scuba diving drew her to move to Reunion Island where she studied the biology and ecology of tropical marine organisms at the University of Saint Denis. She then decided to take a big step and move to Australia to continue in the field of tropical marine ecology and study at James Cook University in Townsville. She completed a Master of Applied Science where she looked at the effect of a crown-of-thorn outbreak on coral cover and communities in Moorea, French Polynesia. Following this, she completed a PhD at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Townsville under the supervision of Prof. Morgan Pratchett, Prof. Andrew Baird, and Dr. Andrew Hoey (ARC CoE CRS). Her PhD focused on large-scale monitoring of reef-building coral populations along the latitudinal gradient of the Great Barrier Reef. Specifically, she looked at patterns in post-settlement growth and mortality of juvenile corals at a various range of scale on the GBR. After graduating in 2013, she took on a position as a Tropical Marine Consultant at BMT Oceanica in Perth. Since 2015, she is working at CSIRO where she works on several projects of conservation and cultural significance such as the Pilbara Marine Conservation Partnership and the Ningaloo Outlook projects. Principally, she is part of a team that focusses on assessing coral reef health in the North-West shelf of Australia.



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