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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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22 Jul 2020
Crown-of-thorns enhance their growth by switching diets early

Crown-of-thorns enhance their growth by switching diets early

Crown-of-thorns starfish are renowned for eating coral and destroying coral reefs—but when juvenile crown-of-thorns first settle in reef environments they start out by eating roc...

15 May 2020
New report outlines status of Tongan marine environments

New report outlines status of Tongan marine environments

The Kingdom of Tonga Special Management Area report 2020 is now available online. The report provides an overview of the current the status of Tonga’s coral reef ecosystem and...

22 May 2020
Combined stressors place ocean predators in jeopardy

Combined stressors place ocean predators in jeopardy

Nearly a third of all elasmobranch species—sharks, rays, and skates—face extinction. Without proper management and conservation efforts climate change is likely to make things ...

22 Jan 2020
Lessons from the Pacific about balancing community and environmental needs

Lessons from the Pacific about balancing community and environmental needs

Coral reefs provide food and income for millions of people, but reef health is declining worldwide. Success stories are rare, but we spent the last 16 years studying one. Since...

08 Jan 2020
Unlocking the secrets of coral reef fisheries

Unlocking the secrets of coral reef fisheries

In a recently published study, we suggest a phenomenon that helps explain how coral reef fisheries can still exist, even when fish populations drop due to overexploitation. Whil...

20 Nov 2019
Top coral scientists named on prestigious ‘highly cited’ list

Top coral scientists named on prestigious ‘highly cited’ list

Six scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) were this week announced as Highly Cited Researchers for 2019 by Clarivate Analytics’ Web of S...

04 Dec 2019
Sponges feast on ‘sugar’ of the sea

Sponges feast on ‘sugar’ of the sea

Did you know that one of the most abundant marine food sources is invisible, like sugar dissolved in a cup of tea? Not many organisms can efficiently feed on dissolved organic m...

04 Nov 2019
Growing resilience in a changing world

Growing resilience in a changing world

A recent paper, published in Nature Sustainability, offers a structured and practical approach to measuring and using the concept of social-ecological resilience. Social-ecologi...

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 ...

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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