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.

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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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Stacy Jupiter

Stacy Jupiter

Former Research Fellow

James Cook University

In April 2008, Stacy bid farewell to the Centre of Excellence to join the Wildlife Conservation Society as an Associate Conservation Scientist for the South Pacific Marine Program based in Fiji. She will be responsible for structuring and supervising the science behind their marine conservation program. By far their largest project, funded largely by the Moore and Packard foundations, involves aiding local communities to establish and maintain networks of marine protected areas (MPAs). They work at 2 main regions on Vanua Levu: Kubulau and Macuata. Kubulau involves cooperation between 10 villages that form a qoliqoli (fisheries management area) to enforce protection in traditional tabu sites as well as 3 established marine reserves. The Macuata region covers a much broader area, including 4 qoliqolis and perhaps a broader range of reef habitat. Their main tasks, in partnership with WWF and Wetlands International, are to assess threats to the reefs from overharvesting, land pollution and climate change, using both biological and socioeconomic surveys. Stacy hopes to maintain strong links to the CoE and invite any interested researchers and students to get in touch about future collaborations.


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