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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Shelley Anthony

Shelley Anthony

PhD graduate

James Cook University

Shelley is originally from the U.S.A., and most recently lived in Hawaii before emigrating to Australia in 2000. Her PhD project involves the environmental, microbial, and physiological cause(s) of tissue sloughing and its role in coral disease. She is supervised by Bette Willis at the JCU node of the Centre, as well as David Bourne from AIMS, and Kirsten Michalek-Wagner from ReefHQ Aquarium. Shelley enjoys salsa dancing, house renovation projects, and relaxing at the beach with her husband and 1-year old son.


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