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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Digital data generated by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies is managed according to the data management guidelines, policies and procedures of James Cook University, the University of Queensland, Australian National University and the University of Western Australia.

Our four node universities provide members of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies with training in the development and use of databases, catalogues and metadata to ensure that digital research data are retained in a durable, indexed and retrievable form.

Digital data and metadata generated by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies is shared via multiple platforms. These platforms include external online repositories and databases (e.g. GenBank, eAtlas, Dryad), data journals (e.g. Scientific Data) and the JCU, UQ, ANU and UWA online data repositories:

Research Data JCU James Cook University

UQ eSpace University of Queensland

ANU Data Commons Australian National University

UWA Research Repository University of Western Australia

The online data repositories of JCU, UQ, ANU and UWA are syndicated with the Australian Research Data Commons, and the associated metadata is made available via Research Data Australia to ensure that data is Managed, Connected, Discoverable and Reusable. Data loaded to the node’s online data repositories are provided with a DOI. Use the frame below or click on this link to explore ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies data via Research Data Australia.

For our members

Members of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies must comply with the Centre’s Digital Data Management Policy and the research codes of conduct and data management policies and procedures of their institution. The focus of the Centre’s policy is on digital research data, but much of the information can also be applied to non-digital data.

Make sure to include “ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies” as a subject key word when loading your data to the JCU, UQ, ANU or UWA online data repositories. This will enable your data to appear in the Centre’s Research Data Australia (RDA) interface. Contact your university data librarian if you wish to expose data held in external repositories (e.g. GenBank, Dryad) via the Centre’s RDA interface.

There are many great resources available online on data management policy, procedure and practice. Check these out:

How and why you should manage your research data: a guide for researchers | Jisc (UK)

Research Data Management | Australian Research Council

Guides and Resources | Australian National Data Service (ANDS)

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research | NHMRC




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