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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Rafael Magris

Rafael Magris

PhD candidate

James Cook University

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
Building 32, Room 108
James Cook University

Phone: +61 7 4781 6063
Email: rafael.magris@my.jcu.edu.au

Rafael studied Oceanography at the Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil. In 2008, he concluded his master research project in the same university. His project was focused on zooplankton variability at different temporal scales. Since 2007, he has worked at the Brazilian Ministry of Environment. His main activities included the developement of conservation measures for threatened marine species and the proposition of new marine protected area for Brazilian marine ecosystems. His PhD examinates the incorporation of biological process and dynamic threats into a conservation planning approach for the most biologically important coral reef area in the southern Atlantic Ocean

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Advancing conservation planning for persistence: design of a long-term conservation strategy for Brazilian coral reefs

Project Description:

The project puts forward an approach that moves beyond a primary application of conservation planning by identifying, assessing and implementing important foci related to the persistence of coral reefs. The project specifically aims to investigate the significance of coral larval dispersal and how to incorporate climate change effects as a dynamic threat into conservation planning through a numerical optimization approach for Brazilian reefs. The conservation findings from this study will provide important information on conservation planning that will aid managers in the decision-making process while enhancing the persistence of coral reef biodiversity.


Professor Bob Pressey, Dr Andrew Baird, Dr Eric Treml, Dr Rebecca Weeks

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