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 Kramer

Michael Kramer

PhD candidate

James Cook University

Born and raised in New Zealand, Michael developed his passion for the marine world through exploration of the rocky coastline and diving the reefs in the Bay of Plenty. He completed his BSc (Hons) at JCU in 2011, during which he investigated the invertebrate fauna of the epilithic algal matrix, and their fish predators, on Orpheus Island. Following the completion of Honours, he then progressed onto a PhD at the beginning of 2012 under the supervision of Prof. David Bellwood and Dr. Orpha Bellwood. His research is investigating the different communities of invertebrates (particularly crustaceans) and cryptic fish in different reef habitats throughout the GBR. Additionally, he intends to examine the strength of the trophic relationship between the benthic crustaceans and the fish that feed on them, and how these interactions are maintained under different environmental conditions.


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