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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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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Robert Mason

Robert Mason

Research Associate

University of Queensland

Robert is a Postdoctoral scientist using spatial modelling and geographic information systems to investigate resilience-based management for the Great Barrier Reef. He is based at the Marine Spatial Ecology Lab at The University of Queensland (UQ). Prior to this, Robert performed his PhD research on coral biology in response to acidification, warming and high or low light stress, through the UQ node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. He has experience in coral reef field research at Oahu in the central Pacific, Heron Island and the Keppel Islands.  Robert has an MSc in Applied Mathematics (Imperial College London), and undergraduate science degrees from Macquarie University in Sydney. He was a 2013 Fulbright Scholar, a 2015 Endeavour Scholar, and has certifications and experience in scientific diving and boating.


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