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 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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Robert Streit

Robert Streit

Research Associate

James Cook University

Robert (Bert) grew up on the Indian Ocean coast in Kenya and after his undergraduate degree in biology in Munich, Germany, that early connection to tropical reefs washed back to the surface. In 2013 he came to JCU in Townsville to study marine biology and ecology as a postgraduate. He completed his postgraduate research on browsing herbivorous fishes in the Bellwood Reef Fish Lab in 2014. After a break making coffees, he started his PhD in 2016, supervised by David Bellwood and Graeme Cumming. In his PhD, Bert focused on movement and space use in reef fishes – basically trying to understand how fishes move around their home and how this influences ecological functions and reef resilience.

Now Bert works as a postdoctoral researcher and communications manager in the Reef Function Hub/ Bellwood Reef Fish Lab. In his research he now studies “functional traits” as a research tool and continues to work on spatial questions in reef ecology: What are functional ranges of fishes? How can we map ecologically critical behaviour? And how can we use new technology like 3D photogrammetry for ecological questions?


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