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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Victor Huertas Martin

Victor Huertas Martin

Research Officer & Media Assistant

James Cook University

As a kid growing up in Barcelona, Spain; the Mediterranean Sea was Víctor’s playground. Spending hours snorkeling in the northwestern Mediterranean, he quickly developed an appreciation for the marine environment. After earning his undergraduate degree in Spain, he moved overseas and spent five years in the Western Caribbean, where he combined field research with conservation activities. In 2016, he completed his Master’s Degree in Marine Biology and Ecology at James Cook University. In his MSc thesis, supervised by Prof. David Bellwood, Víctor described an unusual lip adaptation in tubelip wrasses that enables them to feed on corals. In his PhD, he continued this line of research investigating the role of mucus in shaping the trophic ability of wrasses that feed on cnidarians.


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