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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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29 Oct 2019
Can zoning still protect ecosystems?

Can zoning still protect ecosystems?

For nearly 40 years, marine zoning has played an important role in managing the Great Barrier Reef (GBR).  Given the recent assessment of the outlook for the GBR as very poor, som...

28 Jun 2019
Ancient environmental DNA offers glimpse of a former Great Barrier Reef

Ancient environmental DNA offers glimpse of a former Great Barrier Reef

By Maria del Carmen (K-le) Gomez Cabrera In a world-first, scientists have uncovered a way of using ancient environmental DNA to start exploring the past lives of coral reefs. ...

09 May 2019
Noisy boats lead to fish heartache

Noisy boats lead to fish heartache

Recreational boating is one of many forms of noise pollution from urban development. Its expansion may have adverse effects on fish communities. Anthropogenic noise messes with ...

26 Jun 2019
Old methods not so deep

Old methods not so deep

By Andrew Baird   "It is time to move beyond this simple metric for greater ecological insight."   In this week’s Ecology paper we outline a revolutionary new ...

12 Apr 2019
Loneliness on the reef

Loneliness on the reef

New research suggests the usually social butterflyfish is becoming more of a recluse as the coral reefs it depends on degenerate. Cassandra Thompson is the lead author of a new st...

09 Apr 2019
Shining a light on marine pests

Shining a light on marine pests

Exotic, or introduced, species are a threat across the globe. Some are pests that push native species to extinction, while others become useful within their new habitats. Such a co...

19 Mar 2019
Mutually-assured destruction in heated coral-algae war

Mutually-assured destruction in heated coral-algae war

Global warming and acidifying oceans are creating an intense competition between coral and algae. New research reveals both are deemed to lose under future climate predictions. ...

03 Mar 2019
Environmental change is inevitable so you’d better be plastic

Environmental change is inevitable so you’d better be plastic

With the Anthropocene well and truly upon us and causing rapid shifts in environmental conditions, biologists are striving to understand whether animals and plants can adapt quickl...

20 Mar 2019
Searching for the unseen

Searching for the unseen

New research reveals how deep ocean nutrients keep shallow reef corals nourished in the Indian Ocean.  Tropical waters are typically low in nutrients. Yet, their shallow coral ...

28 Feb 2019
The art of being a good guest: reflections on guest-editing a theme issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B

The art of being a good guest: reflections on guest-editing a theme issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B

Guest editing a Theme Issue was an enjoyable and rewarding process. The full journey from pitching the topic to the Editorial Board, through to the issue being in print took about ...

19 Feb 2019
New edition of book captures Great Barrier Reef state-of-knowledge

New edition of book captures Great Barrier Reef state-of-knowledge

Only by understanding and managing the GBR wisely do we have a chance of keeping the GBR ‘great.’ – Editors: Pat Hutchings, Michael Kingsford and Ove Hoegh-Guldberg A ...

01 Feb 2019
The presence of people is slowing shark recovery on the Great Barrier Reef

The presence of people is slowing shark recovery on the Great Barrier Reef

By Justin Rizzari & Dr Ashley Frisch* Much of the Great Barrier Reef is legally protected in an effort to conserve and rebuild the fragile marine environment. Marine reserve...

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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