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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Neal Cantin

Neal Cantin

PhD Graduate

James Cook University

Neal completed his BSc. Honours degree at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, where he grew up. Neal moved to Townsville to follow his interests in coral biology in 2003. Neal’s PhD project was investigating the impact of photoinhibition on coral reproduction and the influence of genetically distinct Symbiodinium spp. on the physiology of the coral host. This project was supervised by Dr. Andrew Negri of the Australian Institute of Marine Science and Bette Willis from the JCU node of the Centre. Neal plans to pursue a Postdoctoral position Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in North America.


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