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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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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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Peter Waldie

Peter Waldie

Adjunct Research Fellow

The Nature Conservacy

Coastal Fisheries Scientist
The Nature Conservancy

Peter (Pete) Waldie has a strong background in both the ecological and social aspects of coral reef fisheries. He completed his PhD at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, where he investigated the suitability of community-based management in conserving large, threatened, fishery-targeted coral reef fishes. Pete’s PhD research was conducted in New Ireland Province in Papua New Guinea, where he spent many months living in rural communities to gain a rich understanding of the benefits and pitfalls of customary, community-based governance.

Since completing his PhD, Pete has worked as a Coastal Fisheries Scientist for The Nature Conservancy, supporting community partners in Melanesia and Micronesia to effectively manage their fisheries. One such partnership in Papua New Guinea has culminated in the creation of a marine protected area network across a 2.4-million-hectare seascape and provided local resource owners with access to premium sustainable seafood markets in Hong Kong, directly incentivising sustainable resource management. Pete is working with leading Centre researchers to further advance this and other fisheries management strategies.

Read more about Pete’s research and the role of locally-managed marine conservation areas in protecting key fisheries here.



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