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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Sophie Dove

Sophie Dove

Chief Investigator

Associate Professor
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
Affiliate Associate Professor
Global Change Institute

MA (Hons) Maths and Philosophy, University of Edinburgh • MA Philosophy, University of Southern California • PhD Biological Sciences, The University of Sydney

University of Queensland

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Photobiology of isolated reefs and their ability to withstand a range of future climate scenarios

1) Photobiology of corals – How do host and symbiont interact to provide a highly efficient autotrophic organism that is able to export energy and thereby maintain Coral Reef growth despite high rate of erosion and minimal energy importation? Are some symbionts hosted by corals more parasitic than others – translocating less energy to their hosts? Do some corals cannibalize asexually produced polyps in the interest of promoting genet survival?

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