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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Yui Sato

Yui Sato

PhD Graduate

James Cook University

Yui is originally from Japan and has completed his Bachelor of Science in biology in Tohoku University in Sendai. He completed his PhD study on coral disease in 2012, following the dynamics of a black band disease outbreak at Pelorus Island in the central Great Barrier Reef and focusing on environmental drivers and microbial mechanisms of the disease. His study was jointly supervised by Professor Bette Willis and Dr David Bourne (Australian Institute of Marine Science; AIMS) as a member of AIMS@JCU. Yui has taken on a postdoctoral fellow position at AIMS, looking at a relationship between the recovery of coral population and disease outbreak, and microbial functioning in the etiology of black band disease.


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