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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 Bleaching

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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27 Feb 2019
Exploring the deep reef

Exploring the deep reef

Scientists have taken a rare look at the depths of the Great Barrier Reef and have discovered they’re teeming with a kaleidoscope of life.And they say conservation planners...

01 Mar 2019
Reduced salinity of seawater wreaks havoc on coral chemistry

Reduced salinity of seawater wreaks havoc on coral chemistry

New research confirms that drastic changes in ocean salinity from, for example, severe freshwater flooding, as recently experienced off the coast of north-east Queensland from abn...

22 Jan 2019
Corals light the way to a healthy partnership

Corals light the way to a healthy partnership

Corals know how to attract good company. New research finds that corals emit an enticing fluorescent green light that attracts the mobile microalgae, known as Symbiodinium, that a...

21 Dec 2018
Murky water keeps fish on edge

Murky water keeps fish on edge

A study led by researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University found fish become anxious and more cautious when water quality is degrad...

13 Dec 2018
Fifty years of decline in Queensland’s coastal sharks

Fifty years of decline in Queensland’s coastal sharks

Queensland’s coastal shark numbers are continuing a 50-year decline, in sharp contradiction of suggestions of ‘exploding’ shark populations, according to an analysis of Queen...

11 Dec 2018
A glimmer of hope for the world’s coral reefs

A glimmer of hope for the world’s coral reefs

The future of the world’s coral reefs is uncertain, as the impact of global heating continues to escalate. However, according to a study published today in Nature Climate Change,...

06 Dec 2018
Mystery of colour patterns of reef fish solved!

Mystery of colour patterns of reef fish solved!

Scientists have solved the mystery of why some closely-related species of an iconic reef fish have vastly different colour patterns, while others look very similar.Innovative res...

05 Dec 2018
Turning climate change from a ‘tragedy of the commons’ to positive action

Turning climate change from a ‘tragedy of the commons’ to positive action

Climate change must no longer be viewed as a “tragedy of the commons”, say researchers from the University of Exeter and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at ...

04 Dec 2018
Friends matter in climate change response

Friends matter in climate change response

A James Cook University scientist is investigating how people’s social networks prompt them to take action on climate change - or discourage them from doing so – in an attempt ...

27 Nov 2018
Global leaders recognised

Global leaders recognised

Six researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University (Coral CoE) have been listed amongst the world’s most influential scientists.C...

02 Nov 2018
“Robust” corals primed to resist coral bleaching

“Robust” corals primed to resist coral bleaching

A world-first study has revealed that “robust” reef-building corals are the only known organisms in the animal kingdom to make one of the “essential” amino acids, which may...

22 Oct 2018
Fish give up the fight after coral bleaching

Fish give up the fight after coral bleaching

Researchers have found that when water temperatures heat up for corals, fish ‘tempers’ cool down, providing the first clear evidence of coral bleaching serving as a trigger for...

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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