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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.

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Ecosystem dynamics: past, present and future

Examining the multi-scale dynamics of reefs, from population dynamics to macroevolution

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Responding to a changing world

Advancing the fundamental understanding of the key processes underpinning reef resilience.

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Coral Reef Studies

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au

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Fate of coral reefs – online

09
May 2008

The fate of the world’s coral reefs including Australia’s Great Barrier Reef under climate change is going under the public microscope for the first time in the International Year of the Reef.

Around Australia and the world, citizens are invited to join a new online seminar on coral reef futures presented by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies as part of its contribution to the International Year of the Reef 2008 (IYOR 08).

For the first time, the public can ‘sit in’ at their leisure as leading coral reef scientists explore and debate the impact of climate change and human activity on one of our greatest natural assets.

Centre of Excellence Chief Investigator Professor John Pandolfi says “One of the best ways to understand the recent change on coral reefs is to go back in time and have a look at what happened before humans were around.”   The public can now accompany him online as he steps through the history of climatic impacts on coral.

“Studying the past history of coral reefs is important for management and the results are already being put to good use by management agencies worldwide to understand how human impacts add to nature’s variability,” says Prof Pandolfi.

Coral geneticist Dr Line Bay says: “Examining how corals use their genetic material under stressful conditions will help us understand why some reefs are sensitive and others resilient to coral bleaching. This information is vital to understand the capacity of coral ecosystems to respond to environmental change and to protect them in the face of global warming.”

Dr Mark McCormick presents research showing how fish numbers in future may be influenced by the impact of environmental stresses on breeding fish. Stressed mothers were shown to produce smaller offspring with more abnormalities. These larvae have a lower chance of surviving and bolstering numbers in the next generation.

Other topics in the online seminar include:

  • The latest science on coral bleaching
  • The rising plague of coral disease
  • Coral reefs under climate change
  • Managing resilience in coral reefs
  • The risks of ocean acidification
  • Protecting sea water quality from activity on land
  • Are the new no-take ‘green zones’ effective?
  • Can fish stocks on the Great Barrier Reef be replenished?
  • The threat to reef sharks and other top predators
  • Tracking Nemo – studies on how coral fish larvae disperse.

Centre of Excellence director Professor Terry Hughes says “Most coral reef science is carried out with public funding and we believe it is of great importance to share with the public the results of this research.

“Our on-line seminar series for the International Year of the Reef is designed to deliver scientific outcomes to the community in an informative and useful way, so we can all make better decisions about how we care for our great natural assets.”

NOTE: to view presentations by leading coral researchers go to:
https://www.coralcoe.org.au/testsite/testsite/events/webseminar/iyorwebseminar.html

More information:
Terry Hughes CoECRS +61 7 4781 4000
Jenny Lappin, CoECRS,  +61 0417741638
Louise Taylor, CoECRS,  +61 7 4781 4000
Email: Louise.Taylor@jcu.edu.au

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ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au