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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Taryn Laubenstein

Taryn Laubenstein

PhD Graduate

Bachelor of Science, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - Yale University (2014)

James Cook University

Taryn grew up in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts, and first fell in love with the ocean in the cold waters of Cape Cod. She attended Yale University for her undergraduate degree and majored in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. While at Yale, she participated in a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates program in Savannah, Georgia, where she completed her first research project on ocean acidification in estuarine waters. Hooked on marine science, she returned to Yale to complete a thesis with Suzanne Alonzo on the effects of temperature on egg development in the ocellated wrasse, a study she very much enjoyed as it involved her first scientific diving off the coast of Corsica. Following graduation, she worked for the Marine Conservation Institute, an NGO, in Washington, D.C. before moving to Townsville in 2015. Under the supervision of Phil Munday, Jodie Rummer, and Mark McCormick, she is investigating the relationship between behavioral and physiological responses to climate change conditions in coral reef fish.


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