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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Oda Waldeland

Oda Waldeland

MPhil candidate

James Cook University

Oda grew up on the west coast of Norway where she developed her passion for the marine environment. She did her BSC in Biology at Carleton University, Canada, where she learnt about tropical coral reefs and she was immediately hooked. After earning her scuba qualification, she did her Honours research on the impacts of the invasive lionfish on the benthic community in Bahamas. Enjoying the warmer climate of the Caribbean, she decided to pursue an MPhil in Marine Biology at James Cook University. Her research with Prof. Geoffrey Jones and Dr. Andrew Hoey focuses on habitat associations and preferences of settlement stage fish larvae in macroalgal nursery grounds.


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