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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Patricia Warner

Patricia Warner

PhD Graduate

James Cook University

Patricia completed her PhD at James Cook University (School of Marine Biology, AIMS@JCU, CoE for Coral Reef Studies) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Her thesis work employed population genetic approaches to assess cryptic speciation, genetic connectivity, breeding system characteristics and sperm dispersal within the coral genus Seriatopora. Additional work included investigations of reproductive biology and Symbiodinium genetics. She was supervised by Prof. Bette Willis (JCU) and Dr. Madeleine van Oppen (AIMS). After submitting her PhD, Patricia has continued her research in population genetics of corals as a postdoctoral researcher at Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University.


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