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 Hugo Beltran Ramirez

Victor Hugo Beltran Ramirez

PhD Graduate

James Cook University

Victor Hugo born in Mexico City, He completed is BSc with Honors degree in Marine Biology at La Paz Baja California University. His master degree at the National University of Mexico. Hugo has work on coral research projects for over 10 years involving Pacific Ocean reef ecology, physiology of the algae-coral symbiosis and has just submitted his PhD thesis on molecular aspects of the GFP-like proteins on the coral Acropora millepora. Hugo found that coral GFPs are expressed early in embryogenesis, displaying a temporal and spatial specific arrangement. The Functionality of these undoubtedly wide spread proteins is one of the postdoctoral endeavors that he wants to go after. When Hugo is not at work he plays harmonica music and enjoy Australia’s outback landscape.


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