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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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03 Nov 2021
Plankton-eating fish drive fishing ‘sweet spots’

Plankton-eating fish drive fishing ‘sweet spots’

A new study has found ocean plankton and their predators are responsible for sparking ‘sweet spots’ of abundant fish in tropical coral reefs. These areas will become more impor...

01 Nov 2021
Great minds think alike to preserve iconic Australian shipwreck

Great minds think alike to preserve iconic Australian shipwreck

A new partnership brings together two disciplines of science—coral research and maritime archaeology—to map one of the most historic shipwrecks in Australian waters. SS Yong...

06 Sep 2021
Corals roll with the punches

Corals roll with the punches

A new study suggests corals may be able to cope with climate change in the coming decades better than previously thought—but will still struggle with ever-faster rates of climate...

26 Jul 2021
Measuring conservation in a way that counts

Measuring conservation in a way that counts

A new study raises questions on whether current conservation science and policy for protected areas could be saving more biodiversity—with political and economic expediency ofte...

13 Jul 2021
Banishing bandits: other countries bear the cost

Banishing bandits: other countries bear the cost

A new study reveals the strategies that stop bandits from illegally fishing in Australian waters—but warns there is a cost to the region’s poorer countries. Co-author Dr Bro...

02 Jul 2021
Leading scientists praise UNESCO’s leadership after draft decision on the Great Barrier Reef

Leading scientists praise UNESCO’s leadership after draft decision on the Great Barrier Reef

Five world-renowned scientists have signed a letter to UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay to "thank UNESCO for its leadership in recognising the threat of climate change to the...

22 Jun 2021
Baby reef fishes swim for gold

Baby reef fishes swim for gold

A new study has found baby coral reef fishes can outpace all other baby fishes in the ocean. Lead author Adam Downie is a PhD candidate at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral...

10 Jun 2021
More ‘fairness’ needed in conservation

More ‘fairness’ needed in conservation

New research shows what is often assumed to be ‘fair’ in conservation practice may not be considered so by the very people most affected by it—and a new approach is needed if...

11 May 2021
Time running out to save coral reefs

Time running out to save coral reefs

New research on the growth rates of coral reefs shows there is still a window of opportunity to save the world’s coral reefs—but time is running out. The international study...

04 May 2021
Limited fishing zones support reef conservation

Limited fishing zones support reef conservation

A world first study within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park has found limited fishing zones (yellow zones) are still important conservation and fisheries management tools when pa...

30 Apr 2021
Reef researcher wins British Ecological Society prize

Reef researcher wins British Ecological Society prize

Today, the British Ecological Society announced Dr Renato Morais from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University as the winner of this year’s Ha...

10 Mar 2021
Both old and young fish sustain fisheries

Both old and young fish sustain fisheries

Scientists have used modern genetic techniques to prove age-old assumptions about what sizes of fish to leave in the sea to preserve the future of local fisheries. “We’ve kn...

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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