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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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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...

17 Apr 2020
Can coral reefs ‘have it all’?

Can coral reefs ‘have it all’?

Though coral reefs are in sharp decline across the world, scientists say some reefs can still thrive with plentiful fish stocks, high fish biodiversity, and well-preserved ecosyste...

07 Apr 2020
Climate change triggers Great Barrier Reef bleaching

Climate change triggers Great Barrier Reef bleaching

Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef is experiencing its third coral bleaching event in just five years. The 2020 bleaching is severe, and more widespread than earlier events. ...

31 Mar 2020
DEEP-SEA CORAL GARDENS AND GRAVEYARDS DISCOVERED IN THE SUBMARINE CANYONS OFF SOUTH WESTERN AUSTRALIA

DEEP-SEA CORAL GARDENS AND GRAVEYARDS DISCOVERED IN THE SUBMARINE CANYONS OFF SOUTH WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Stunning ‘gardens’ of deep-sea corals have been discovered in the Bremer Canyon Marine Park by Australian and international scientists during an oceanographic expedition aboard...

19 Mar 2020
Heatwaves risky for fish

Heatwaves risky for fish

Scientists using sophisticated genetic analysis techniques have found that some fish are better than others at coping with heatwaves. A world-first study tracked how wild fish p...

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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