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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Stefan Walker

Stefan Walker

PhD Graduate

James Cook University

Stefan has broad interests in animal evolutionary biology, ecology and behaviour. Since receiving his BSc in Marine biology and Zoology in 2000 (JCU) he has been employed as a lecturer, research fellow, and environmental research consultant. In 2010 he received a PhD from JCU for his work on reef fish breeding systems and strategies.  From mid 2011 to end 2013 Stefan worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies using theoretical and experimental approaches to study collective-action and consensus-decision problems and the evolution of animal communication, behavioural decision rules and strategic cooperation


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