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


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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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Natalia Andrade Rodríguez

Natalia Andrade Rodríguez

Research Associate

PhD (2018), BSc with Honours (2012)

James Cook University, Townsville

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My research focuses on the study of the evolutionary history and molecular mechanisms behind species ecological interaction. I started my academic journey in Ecuador where I investigated the evolutionary relationship between a marine snail and its sea fan host using phylogenetic analysis. In 2013 I moved to Australia to pursue a PhD examining coral competition and soft coral immunity using transcriptomic tools. Presently, I am a research associate at the CoE. My research currently uses molecular genetic and biochemical tools to better understand the coral-microbiome relationship. Over the course of my career, I have been fortunate enough to have conducted coral research throughout Pacific reefs: Australia (Orpheus Island Research Station), Japan (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology), and Ecuador (Machalilla National Park).

I am currently exploring future postdoctoral opportunities in evolutionary genetics.


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