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 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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Ruth Reef

Ruth Reef

PhD Graduate

University of Queensland

Ruth comes from Israel, where she did her BSc. and MSc. at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences of Eilat. Today she was enrolled for a PhD at the Centre for Marine Studies of the University of Queensland, supervised by Ove Hoegh-Guldberg. Ruth was investigating the effect of temperature on the accumulation and repair of UV damage in corals and their symbionts and testing whether corals can acclimate to the changes they are facing of global warming and increasing UV-R levels. Growing up on the Red Sea coast, diving and other marine activities are her second nature but when not underwater, Ruth enjoys hiking, bird watching and being outdoors. She is pursuing a post-doc at UQ studying the changing marine UV environment and how organisms cope with this emerging threat.


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