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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Mila Grinblat

Mila Grinblat

PhD Candidate

James Cook University

Mila was born in Russia and moved to Israel with her family when she was six. Since the sea has always been her passion, she completed a BSc degree in Marine Biotechnology (Magna cum laude) at the Ruppin Academic Centre College, Israel. In 2016 she completed her Msc degree in Zoology focused on ecology and environmental quality under the supervision of prof. Yossi Loya in Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Her research focused on mesophotic reef stony coral reproduction and effects of ocean acidification on coral physiology and fluorescence. In 2017, she decided to move to Australia in order to fulfill her dream and study the corals of the biggest reef in the world, the Great Briar Reef. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at James Cook University under the joint supervision of Prof. David Miller, Dr. Peter Cowman and Dr. Ira Cooke, combined with external supervision by Prof. Yossi Loya (Tel-Aviv University). Her research aims to combine ecological and molecular approaches in order to obtain a bigger view on reproduction, sex change and determination in stony corals and implement molecular approaches in order to assess the speciation of mushroom corals worldwide.


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