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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Michael Berumen

Michael Berumen

PhD Graduate

James Cook University

After finishing his PhD, Michael returned to his home state of Arkansas and spent two years working on as a postdoc and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the biology department of the University of Arkansas. In 2007, he took a position as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Fish Ecology Lab at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Recently he joined the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology where he is helping to get the Red Sea Research Center up and running. His lab is involved in nutritional ecology of corallivorous fishes, movement ecology of adult fishes within and among reefs, seascape connectivity – large-scale movements of large fish (tunas, sharks, etc), larval connectivity, fisheries studies, including life history, population genetics, and connectivity of targeted reef fishes, evolutionary biology and ecology of Red Sea fishes. In 2008, Michael was named a Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow by the American Australian Association to do several months of fieldwork on the Great Barrier Reef.


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