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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Shaun Wilson

Shaun Wilson

Former Research Fellow

James Cook University

Shaun received his first degree in pharmacy from the University of Sydney, before becoming interested in marine biology. He was awarded his Phd in Marine Ecology in 2002 from James Cook University, and then held teaching and research positions overseas (USA and UK). His postdoctoral research at the Centre of Excellence and University of Newcastle focused on impact of habitat loss on coral reef fish communities. Shaun started work for the Department of Environment and Conservation, Perth, Western Australia, in October 2008. He is a Senior Research Scientist within Marine Science Program, where he conducts research that facilitates a better understanding and management of marine resources in tropical Western Australia.


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