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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Stephen Ban

Stephen Ban

PhD Graduate

James Cook University

Stephen’s marine biology background encompasses a broad range of scales, taxa, and ecosystems, ranging from test-tube phytoplankton to coral reefs to ocean-basin pinnipeds (and aquarium belugas). He completed his PhD under the supervisions of Professor Bob Pressey, Professor Sean Connolly, and Dr Nicholas Graham, his thesis looked at the issue of multiple stressors on the Great Barrier Reef from a number of angles, including a metaanalysis of the coral reef literature and using expert elicitation to inform Bayesian belief networks.


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