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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Pooventhran Muruga

Pooventhran Muruga

PhD Student

JCU, Townsville

Pooventhran (Pooven) was born and raised in the garden city of Singapore. Being a hub for the ornamental fish trade, exploring aquarium shops proved to be a popular pastime for him. This fascination with fishes eventually grew and he embarked on a Bachelor of Environmental Studies at the National University of Singapore, while also minoring in aquatic ecology. For his honours project, he worked with the Freshwater and Invasion Biology lab, where he explored the autecology of the marbled gudgeon. Soon after, he moved to Australia to begin his master’s degree in marine biology at James Cook University. As part of his masters, his minor project focused on incorporating both morphological and behavioural traits in piscivorous fishes to determine how these predators capture and process their prey. Currently, he has commenced his PhD, exploring the associations between reef fishes and corals, with the aim of gaining a better insight into the interdependency between these highly prolific groups.


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