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 Bleaching

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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Morana Mihaljević

Morana Mihaljević

PhD Graduate

University of Queensland

Since originally from Croatia, Morana’s interest and love towards marine life (especially benthic invertebrates, e.g. echinoids, corals) stated on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Morana started studying biology at the University of Zagreb and then continued at the University of Zurich where she completed her BSc in Biology and MSc in Palaeontology. She completed her PhD at the University of Queensland under the supervision of Prof. John Pandolfi, studying the evolution of coral reefs in the South China Sea throughout the last 35 MY.


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