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 Bleaching

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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Renata Ferrari Legorreta

Renata Ferrari Legorreta

PhD Graduate

University of Queensland

As a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics and the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney, Renata works with a multidisciplinary group to understand the benthic dynamics of the marine habitats inside and outside marine protected areas, as well as their trajectory and change, with an emphasis on spatial and temporal patterns of biodiversity and processes. The multidisciplinary nature of the team translates into working with the most complete data sets gathered through novel technologies, such as AUV stereo imagery. Renata’s research uses accurate underwater 3D models to measure 3D structural complexity, asking ecological questions across multiple scales and understanding how key ecosystems function and change with climate change. http://sydney.edu.au/science/bio/eicc/our_people/research_fellows/renata_ferrari_legorreta.shtml


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