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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Ronnie Noga

Ronnie Noga

PhD Candidate

BSc, Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (2010); MPhil, University of Botswana (2016)

James Cook University

I grew up in rural Botswana, in the northwestern part of the country. I obtained an MPhil in Natural Resources Management from the Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana in 2016. My research focuses on understanding the complex interaction between environmental and social change over space and through time, from a systems perspective. I am also interested in political ecology and how economic, social, and political factors influence the ways in which people perceive and respond to changes in freshwater ecosystems (and social-ecological systems, SES). My doctoral research examines how the complex governance system of the Lake Ngami SES in Botswana has evolved in responding to dynamic and uncertain changes in social and environmental (climatic, ecological, and hydrological) components of the lake system, by understanding and analyzing the historical institutional context, heterogeneity and social memory of resource actors, and the broader economic, social, and political setting they are nested in. The research project is undertaken under the supervision of Dr. Amy Diedrich and Prof. Tiffany Morrison.


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