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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Miin Chua

Miin Chua

PhD Graduate

James Cook University

Miin grew up in Terengganu, a small state in the east coast of Malaysia. After completion of her Bachelor’s degree Miin moved to Townsville to undertake her PhD with supervision of Dr. Andrew Baird, Dr. Bill Leggat and Prof. Terry Hughes. Her PhD project ‘Effects of climate change and ocean acidification on the early life history of corals’, aims to investigate  temperature and CO2 stress on fertilization, larval development, survivorship, settlement and growth of juvenile corals. Her research focuses on the synergistic effects of near-future ocean warming and acidification on coral larval and juvenile ecology and how such stresses mediate their behaviour. She has graduated in 2013 and she is currently working on her collaborative research projects with University of Western Australia and University of Amsterdam.


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