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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Melissa Cowlishaw

Melissa Cowlishaw

PhD Graduate

James Cook University

Mel grew up in Brisbane and completed her BSc hons in marine biology at the Centre for Marine Studies, at the University of Queensland and moved to Townsville to complete her PhD at James Cook University under the supervision of Dr Geoff Jones and Dr Mark McCormick. Her PhD investigated the interrelationships between individual living space, habitat quality and abundance in coral reef fishes, with most of her research carried out at the Lizard Island Research Station. When she’s not out on the reef Mel enjoys surfing (when there’s waves around), outdoor adventures and surf lifesaving.


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