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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Susannah Leahy

Susannah Leahy

Senior Fisheries Scientist

PhD, James Cook University

Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Susannah is a Senior Fisheries Scientist with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in Cairns. She completed her PhD at JCU under the supervision of Prof. Garry Russ, Dr Rene Abesamis, and Prof. Michael Kingsford in 2016. She has a background in coral reef ecology, remote sensing using satellites and drones, spatial analysis, ecological modelling, and statistics. Her work focuses on informing sustainable management of Queensland’s marine resources.


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