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.

Coral Bleaching

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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Renee Gruber

Renee Gruber

Australian Institute of Marine Science

Originally from the US, Renee completed her BSc in Environmental Science at the University of Virginia in 2007.  She received her MSc in Marine – Estuarine – Environmental Science from the University of Maryland’s Horn Point Laboratory in 2010, studying physical-biological interactions in seagrass beds of Chesapeake Bay.  Renee then relocated to Sydney to work as a research scientist in the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change, and Water’s Coastal and Estuarine Unit.  The return to academia happened in 2012, when she headed to UWA to study physical and biogeochemical properties of the west Kimberley’s macrotidal fringing reefs, under the supervision of Ryan Lowe and Jim Falter. Renee received her PhD in 2017 for her thesis entitled “Metabolism, particle uptake, and nutrient fluxes on a tide-dominated fringing reef.”


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