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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Paula Cartwright

Paula Cartwright

PhD Candidate

BSc Hons

University of Western Australia

Paula’s PhD research is focused around metocean drivers of turbidity in the Exmouth Gulf, how climate change could affect these processes and the effect on benthic habitats in this ecologically unique region.
The research is multi-disciplinary incorporating remote sensing, spatial ecology and oceanography. Her supervisory team consists of Ryan Lowe (UWA), Peter Fearns (Curtin University), Mick O’Leary (UWA) and Nicola Browne (Curtin University).


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