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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Stefano Borghi

Stefano Borghi

PhD candidate

James Cook University, Townsville

Stefano grew up in Northern Italy, where he completed an undergraduate degree in Biology. His special topic was in the field of behavioural ecology, where he studied the common cuckoo’s role as a brood parasite and their role as a proxy indicator of biodiversity for the local avian community. Despite geographic distance from the ocean, he has always been fascinated in the immense complexity of marine ecosystems. He moved to Australia and completed a Master of Science majoring in Marine Biology at James Cook University. His minor project was in the field of coral reef ecology, and he focused on temporal changes of soft coral assemblages in response to moderate and severe bleaching events in the Palm Island group under the supervision of Dr. Mia Hoogenboom. He recently commenced his PhD on coral phylogenomics, specializing in Stoloniferan soft corals, under the supervision of Dr. Peter Cowman.


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