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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Vanessa Haller-Bull

Vanessa Haller-Bull

Research Associate

University of Queensland



Vanessa Haller grew up more than 600km away from the nearest salt water in Germany. 9 year old Vanessa, first encountered her love for oceans and more specifically coral reefs during her family holiday in Egypt where she begged her parents to let her join a dive course.

Since then she has completed her undergraduate and Honours degree at JCU working with Prof. Geoffrey Jones in Paua New Guinea focusing on surgeonfish ecology.

PhD Direction:

While previously focusing on ecology, Vanessa’s PhD is taken a more theoretical perspective. She will investigate effective management on ecosystems under multiple threats in a variety of systems. Furthermore she will compare the techniques used in these systems focusing on levels of uncertainty and management complexity.


Primary: Dr Michael Bode

Secondary: Prof Garry Russ




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