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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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Latest Media Releases

Recent Media Releases

10 May 2018
Study finds marine protected areas can help coral reefs

Study finds marine protected areas can help coral reefs

Reports in recent years that marine protected areas (MPAs) aren’t effective in saving coral reefs from the damaging effects of global climate change have led some to argue that s...

02 May 2018
Internal control helps corals resist acidification

Internal control helps corals resist acidification

Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at The University of Western Australia (UWA) have found that some corals are able to combat the effe...

01 May 2018
Reef fish inherit tolerance to warming oceans

Reef fish inherit tolerance to warming oceans

Thanks to mom and dad, baby reef fish may have what it takes to adjust to hotter oceans. In a rapidly changing climate, the decline of animal populations is a very real concern....

19 Apr 2018
Global warming is transforming the Great Barrier Reef

Global warming is transforming the Great Barrier Reef

A new study published online today in Nature shows that corals on the northern Great Barrier Reef experienced a catastrophic die-off following the extended marine heatwave of 2016....

06 Apr 2018
Coral bleaching threatens the diversity of reef fish

Coral bleaching threatens the diversity of reef fish

New research reveals that global warming also affects fish who depend on corals. The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is revered for its kaleidoscope of colour. New international resea...

03 Apr 2018
Coral reefs protect coasts from severe storms

Coral reefs protect coasts from severe storms

Coral reefs can naturally protect coasts from tropical cyclones by reducing the impact of large waves before they reach the shore, according to scientists. Tropical cyclones wre...

21 Mar 2018
Hunting squid slowed by rising carbon levels

Hunting squid slowed by rising carbon levels

Scientists have found that high carbon dioxide levels cause squid to bungle attacks on their prey. PhD candidate Blake Spady from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Stu...

02 Mar 2018
Boat noise sounds like trouble for reef fish

Boat noise sounds like trouble for reef fish

One in every eighteen Queenslanders owns a motorboat and uses it to visit and explore the Great Barrier Reef, but is their love for the reef threatening its fish? New ...

21 Feb 2018
Study exposes misperception of poaching on the GBR and its remedy

Study exposes misperception of poaching on the GBR and its remedy

New research has revealed the tiny minority of fishers who poach on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) think the illegal practice is justified, because they believe “everyone else is d...

29 Jan 2018
Coral reefs are in trouble – how can people adapt?

Coral reefs are in trouble – how can people adapt?

An international team of scientists has developed a strategy to boost people’s ability to adapt to climate change, revealed in a new study published today in the prestigious jour...

26 Jan 2018
Plastics linked to disease in coral

Plastics linked to disease in coral

An international team led by a JCU scientist has found that contact with plastic waste massively increases the chance of disease in corals. Dr Joleah Lamb, from the ARC Centre o...

05 Jan 2018
The window for saving the world’s coral reefs is rapidly closing

The window for saving the world’s coral reefs is rapidly closing

The world’s reefs are under siege from global warming, according to a novel study published today in the prestigious journal Science. For the first time, an international team...

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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