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Understanding of the links between coral reef ecosystems, the goods and services they provide to people, and the wellbeing of human societies.


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Examining the multi-scale dynamics of reefs, from population dynamics to macroevolution


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Advancing the fundamental understanding of the key processes underpinning reef resilience.

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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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Pauline Narvaez

Pauline Narvaez

PhD candidate

James Cook University

Pauline Narvaez grew up in the South of France in a small town close to the Mediterranean Sea. Her passion for the ocean started with the Cousteau’s movies and books and she was persuaded that one day, she will also be able to discover the oceans. It is why, after having completed a Bachelor Degree at the Universite Paul Sabatier in Ecology in Toulouse (France), she travelled to Lisbon (Portugal) in 2011 to complete her Master Degree in Marine Ecology. For her master thesis, she studied cleaner fish behaviour and fish ectoparasites in the Northeastern Atlantic (Azores Archipelago). From 2014-2015 she took part in several scientific projects and travelled to several countries (Portugal, The Bahamas and Brazil) that helped her to build scientific collaborations in the area of marine fish and parasite ecology. By late 2016 and throughout 2017, she had the opportunity to participate in several extended field trips to the Great Barrier Reef (Lizard Island Research Station, Australia) examining the relationship between ectoparasites, their fish hosts and cleaner fish with Dr Alexandra Grutter (University of Queensland) and Dr Paul Sikkel (Arkansas State University). From March to June 2017, she volunteered in the Marine Parasitology Laboratory at James Cook University, where she took part in various experiments. Now, Pauline will pursue her research interests in cleaner organisms and ectoparasites ecology for her PhD, supervised by Dr Jennifer Donelson and Dr Kate Hutson.

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