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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Theresa Rueger

Theresa Rueger

PhD graduate

James Cook University

Theresa grew up in northern Germany and completed her BSc degree in Kiel, which included a research project at the IFM Geomar. During her undergraduate studies she volunteered with various conservation and research organisations and after some work with Discovery Bay marine lab in Jamaica, decided to dedicate herself to coral reef studies. She came to James Cook University in February 2011 to complete a MAppSc in marine biology and did a research project with Naomi Gardiner, which led to a PhD with Geoff Jones looking at social relationships in small habitat- dependent coral reef fish, for which she combines ecological, behavioural and genetic approaches.


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