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


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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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Rebecca Green

Rebecca Green

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

MSci Oceanography, Southampton University U.K

Perth, Western Australia

Scott Reef is an isolated system of coral reef atolls that rise dramatically from depths of over 1000 m on the edge of the continental shelf in northwestern Australia. Little is known about the oceanography of these remote reef systems, which form part of a large group of submerged and emergent features on the Western Margin of the Oceanic Shoals Region. My PhD project aims to identify the links between the benthic reef communities at Scott Reef and the oceanography of the surrounding shelf waters through a detailed study, combining historical measurements, in-situ data from an intensive field campaign, and the application of numerical models.


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