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.

Coral Bleaching

Coral Bleaching

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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Paulina Cetina Heredia

Paulina Cetina Heredia

PhD Graduate

James Cook University

Paulina studied Oceanography at the Autonomous University of Baja California and obtained a masters degree in Physical Oceanography from CICESE, Ensenada, Mexico. As an oceanographer Paulina is curious of various marine science aspects and developed an interdisciplinary project that deals with larval transport in reef systems. She worked under the supervision of Dr. Sean Connolly, Dr. Peter Ridd and Dr. Richard Brinkman. She used a hydrodynamic model to simulate circulation along the GBR and will be implementing coral and reef fish larval life traits and behaviour to accurately model their transport.


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