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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Richard Hamilton

Richard Hamilton

Melanesia Program Director

The Nature Conservancy

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Meet Dr. Richard Hamilton, the man behind the science that drives our sea turtle conservation efforts.

“In my current role I am responsible for setting the strategic direction for our Melanesia Program which has 20 staff, building our public and private fundraising pipelines and ensuring that our annual budget is on track. I lead our fisheries and turtle research programs in Melanesia and I act as a spokesperson for the Melanesia program, regularly talking with stakeholders, government, donors and the media about our conservation work”.

Learn about a day in his life and why you might want to consider a career in marine science.

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