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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Sarah Buckley

Sarah Buckley

PhD candidate

University of Queensland

Sarah is from Ireland, where she completed her Hons BSc in Zoology at University College Cork. During her honours she crossed the Irish and Celtic Seas observing the abundance and distribution of jellyfish and sunfish.  Following a trip to Japan, Sarah relocated to Brisbane, where she is undertaking a PhD at the University of Queensland under the supervision of Professor John Pandolfi and Dr. Ruth Thurstan. She is investigating the historical changes to Australia and Kenya’s marine fisheries. She is using historical, social and ecological techniques to provide baselines of former population sizes to provide management with appropriate baselines by which to set restoration and recovery targets.

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