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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Tim Cooper

Tim Cooper

PhD Graduate

James Cook University

After completing his undergraduate degree at JCU, Tim spent some time applying his skills and knowledge in the environmental consulting industry in Sydney and Brisbane.  He then returned to research and completed his PhD at the JCU node of the Centre, supervised by Ken Anthony and Katharina Fabricius (AIMS). Tim’s project aimed to identify physiological and ecological health/stress indicators of corals on nearshore reefs.  This study was the first to combine information on physiology, population and community ecology of corals to identify indicators responsive to changes in water quality on the Great Barrier Reef. In his spare time, Tim dreams of riding in the Tour de France, so postdoctoral positions in Europe are high on his agenda.


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