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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Ruby Grantham

Ruby Grantham

PhD candidate

James Cook University

Ruby studied environmental economics as an undergraduate at the University of York, UK and continued as a Masters by Research student focusing on the economics of small-scale inland capture fisheries. Following this, she worked as an NGO consultant in Myanmar on projects relating to the governance and management of fisheries and aquaculture. Ruby is currently a PhD candidate working with Professor Graeme Cumming and David Mills. Her research looks at the resilience of subsistence fishing communities on small islands, with particular focus on the scale mismatches that arise within socio-ecological systems experiencing economic development and population growth.


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