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.

Coral Bleaching

Coral Bleaching

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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View Profile Philippa Cohen

Philippa Cohen

Adjunct Research Fellow and Partner Investigator

James Cook University & WorldFish

View Profile Graeme S. Cumming

Graeme S. Cumming

Professor; Centre Director; Coral Reef Research Leader and Program 2 Leader

James Cook University

+61 (0)7 4781 6072

View Profile Paul Hardisty

Paul Hardisty

AIMS Chief Executive Officer

Australian Insitute of Marine Science

+61 7 4753 4444

View Profile Hugh Possingham

Hugh Possingham

Professor; Queensland Chief Scientist

Department of Environment and Science

View Profile Josh Thomas

Josh Thomas

GBRMPA Chief Executive Officer

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

+ 61 7 4750 0700


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