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 McClanahan

Tim McClanahan

Senior Conservation Zoologist

The Wildlife Conservation Society

I am interested in theoretical and applied ecology, particularly in the application of ecological theory to management of natural resources. Fields of interest include coral reefs, marine protected areas, fisheries, food webs, experimental ecology, community and systems ecology, social-ecological systems, poverty reduction, ecological modeling, energy analyses, global change ecology, regulation of biological diversity, predation, and indirect controls in ecosystems.

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