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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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25 Aug 2020
Nooks, crannies and critters

Nooks, crannies and critters

Researchers have discovered a new way to measure the complexity of the world’s habitats—a crucial factor as environments across the globe face extraordinary change. The study ...

22 Aug 2020
Nutrients make coral bleaching worse

Nutrients make coral bleaching worse

A new study shows nutrients can aggravate the already negative effects of climate change on corals to trigger mass coral bleaching. Coral reef environments are typically low in ...

13 Aug 2020
How people & ecosystems fit together on the Great Barrier Reef

How people & ecosystems fit together on the Great Barrier Reef

A world-first study examining the scales of management of the Great Barrier Reef has the potential to help sustain other ecosystems across the world. Massive marine ecosystems l...

11 Aug 2020
Personal connections key to climate adaptation

Personal connections key to climate adaptation

Connections with friends and family are key to helping communities adapt to the devastating impact of climate change on their homes and livelihoods, a new study shows. The resea...

23 Jul 2020
Sharks almost gone from many reefs

Sharks almost gone from many reefs

A massive global study of the world’s reefs has found sharks are ‘functionally extinct’ on nearly one in five of the reefs surveyed. James Cook University’s Professor Co...

21 Jul 2020
How governments resist World Heritage ‘in Danger’ listings

How governments resist World Heritage ‘in Danger’ listings

A study published today found national governments repeatedly resisted the placement of 41 UNESCO World Heritage sites—including the Great Barrier Reef—on the World Heritage in...

22 Jul 2020
Life in the shallows becomes a trap for baby sharks

Life in the shallows becomes a trap for baby sharks

Scientists can now explain how baby reef sharks tolerate living in the sometimes-extreme environments of their nurseries—but, they also say these habitats face an uncertain futur...

30 Jun 2020
Bleaching affects aquarium corals, too

Bleaching affects aquarium corals, too

A new study illustrates the potential impact of recurrent heatwaves on coral species collected by the Australian aquarium coral industry. The study’s lead author, Professor Mo...

18 Jun 2020
Farewell to a great protector of the Reef

Farewell to a great protector of the Reef

One of the world’s finest water quality scientists, Dr Jon Brodie, has passed away. However, the crucial work he dedicated his life to—which included protecting the Great Barri...

01 Jun 2020
Big vegetarians of the reef drive fish evolution

Big vegetarians of the reef drive fish evolution

A new study reveals the diets of reef fish dictate how fast different species evolve. The breakthrough adds another piece to the fascinating evolutionary puzzle of coral reefs and ...

28 May 2020
Iconic Shark Bay at high risk from climate change

Iconic Shark Bay at high risk from climate change

An innovative new assessment process shows the iconic Shark Bay World Heritage property in Western Australia is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Associate Pro...

06 May 2020
Severe coral loss leaves reefs with larger fish, but at a cost

Severe coral loss leaves reefs with larger fish, but at a cost

New research on the Great Barrier Reef associates severe coral loss with substantial increases in the size of large, long-living herbivorous fish. However, the ecosystem is also le...

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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