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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Nick Hammerman

Nick Hammerman

PhD candidate

University of Queensland

Nick is originally from the United States where he obtained his Bachelors in Marine Science at Roger Williams University and then completed his Masters in Biological Oceanography at the University of Puerto Rico, Department of Marine Sciences. His work mostly dealt with population genetics, phylogeography, as well as species interactions and diversity on both shallow and mesophotic reefs. In April of 2018 he moved to Brisbane, Australia to start his PhD at the University of Queensland. There he hopes to work on microplastic accumulation on coral reefs and the effects plastics have on different trophic levels. He also hopes to in someway continue his mesophotic-themed research.


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