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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Will Collins

Will Collins

PhD student

James Cook University, Townsville

William (Will) was born in England and first found his passion for fish whilst fishing for Pike with his Father in the freshwater rivers and canals of Yorkshire. Then, when Will was 11 he moved to Australia with his parents and younger sister. The move gave him the ability to fish and explore both the fresh and saltwater systems around the sunshine coast. This opportunity really developed his passion and interest in the marine ecosystem and particularly the fish which live within it. This interest drove him to excel in science during high school. To further pursue this interest, he moved to Townsville to begin a Bachelor of Advanced Science majoring in Marine Biology at James Cook University. Since finishing his bachelor’s degree in 2019, Will spent 2020 working as joint lab manager/research assistant for David Bellwood and in 2021 completed his Honours degree working on the movement and habits of nocturnal reef fishes. Currently, Will is undertaking his PhD which aims to further our knowledge of nocturnal fishes and develop a better idea of their functional roles in marine ecosystems.


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