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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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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Mike McWilliam

Mike McWilliam

Research Associate

James Cook University, Townsville

+61 (0)7 4781 3198

Mike is originally from Shrewsbury, Shropshire, in the UK, and completed a degree in biological sciences at the University of Oxford. As an undergraduate, he specialised in the biogeography and evolution of deep-sea corals with Oxford’s ocean research group. After working as a diving instructor in various locations, he completed a PhD at the ARC centre for coral reef studies under the supervision of Prof. Terry Hughes and Dr Mia Hoogenboom. He is interested in the diversity and biogeography of corals and how human activities are influencing reef ecosystem functions.


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