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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Neil Andrew

Neil Andrew

Former Pacific Director


Neil is a Professor at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong. He obtained his PhD from the University of Sydney in 1988 and has worked as a marine ecologist and fisheries scientist ever since. Before joining ANCORS, Professor Andrew held senior positions in WorldFish, a member of the CGIAR network of international research centres, and marine research institutions in Australia and New Zealand. Over the course of his career, Professor Andrew has worked in a wide range of fisheries and ecological research in New Zealand, Australia, Spain and Antarctica, including shellfish fisheries stock assessment, rocky reef ecology, fishery observer programs, prawn trawl by-catch, ecological effects of fishing, stock enhancement, and experimental design and analysis. He has extensive experience in liaising with fishing industry groups to design and execute fisheries research programs, particularly small-scale fisheries such as abalone and sea urchin fisheries. Professor Andrew’s current focus is on small-scale fisheries in developing countries. These fisheries present enormous challenges for science and management as they reside at the nexus of biodiversity conservation, food security, poverty reduction and sustainable development. The assessment, management and governance of small-scale fisheries and their role in sustainable development is both an intellectual and practical frontier of enormous importance. Geographically, he has worked in southern Africa, Myanmar, Indonesia (Aceh), and Melanesia. More broadly, Professor Andrew has worked on projects on method development and synthesis of data in collaboration with FAO, the Stockholm Resilience Center and academics from a range of ARIs and national fisheries agencies. Professor Andrew is a member of the Centre’s Advisory Board.

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