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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Yogi Yasutake

Yogi Yasutake

PhD Candidate

James Cook University

Yogi Yasutake completed his BSc in Marine Science at Australian National University in Canberra. He then moved to James Cook University for his Honours to investigate how reproductive performance of tropical reef fish responded to warming at different timings and durations. Yogi recently started his PhD at JCU, beginning his studies remotely from Japan whilst travel to Australia is still restricted. His research project investigates if the capacity of tropical reef fish to cope with warming depends on whether warming is experienced as average temperature increase or as short heatwave events. This study aims to improve our understanding on how different aspects of future warming would influence the capacity of topical reef fish to persist. Yogi’s supervisors are Jennifer Donelson, Andrew Hoey and Morgan Pratchett.


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