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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Sandra Binning

Sandra Binning

PhD Graduate

Australian National University

Sandra was born and raised in Montreal, Canada, where activities involving skiing and snow were far more common than surf and sun. Nevertheless, she developed an interest in tropical ecology early on, and completed her BSc Honours degree in biology at McGill University studying seagrass communities in Barbados. Craving a study system with slightly more personality, Sandra switched her interests to freshwater fish, completing her MSc at McGill exploring intraspecific variation and ecomorphology in East African cichlids. Having cemented her love of fish, Sandra dreamed of returning to the marine realm, and moved halfway across the world to Australia to do it! She completed her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Chris Fulton at ANU where she used techniques in ecomorphology and physiology to explore intraspecific phenotypic variation in coral reef fishes in response to environmental gradients.


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