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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Teressa Bobeszko

Teressa Bobeszko

PhD graduate

James Cook University

Teressa grew up in Brisbane and completed both her undergraduate and BSc Hon degree in marine biology at the University of Queensland. Currently, Teressa is a PhD student within the School of Pharmacy and Molecular Sciences at James Cook University. Under the supervision of Dr Bill Leggat and Professor David Yellowlees her PhD research focuses on the effects of increased atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations on the inorganic carbon supply in the coral-Symbiodinium symbiosis. In her spare time Teressa enjoys camping, spending time at the beach, dancing and painting.


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