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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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04 Nov 2020
Crown-of-thorns eat themselves out of house & home

Crown-of-thorns eat themselves out of house & home

A world-first study on the Great Barrier Reef shows crown-of-thorns starfish have the ability to find their own way home—a behaviour previously undocumented—but only if their n...

29 Oct 2020
Leaving more big fish in the sea reduces CO2 emissions

Leaving more big fish in the sea reduces CO2 emissions

An international team of scientists has found leaving more big fish in the sea reduces the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the Earth’s atmosphere. When a fish die...

28 Oct 2020
Scientists discover a 500-metre-tall coral reef on the Great Barrier Reef

Scientists discover a 500-metre-tall coral reef on the Great Barrier Reef

Australian scientists have discovered a massive detached coral reef just off Cape York on the Great Barrier Reef that’s taller than the Empire State Building or the Sydney Tower....

14 Oct 2020
The Great Barrier Reef has lost half its corals

The Great Barrier Reef has lost half its corals

A new study of the Great Barrier Reef shows populations of its small, medium and large corals have all declined in the past three decades. Lead author Dr Andy Dietzel, from the ...

09 Oct 2020
Extinctions linked to new assemblages of species

Extinctions linked to new assemblages of species

Scientists have found that as the world undergoes profound environmental change, identifying and protecting ‘novel’ communities of species can help prevent extinctions within v...

29 Sep 2020
‘Portfolio’ of marine reserves enhances fish populations

‘Portfolio’ of marine reserves enhances fish populations

Scientists say a ‘portfolio’ of protected areas within marine parks such as the Great Barrier Reef can help secure sustainable fish populations. Dr Hugo Harrison from the AR...

15 Sep 2020
Project Phoenix: DNA unlocks a new understanding of coral

Project Phoenix: DNA unlocks a new understanding of coral

Scientists have developed a new genetic tool that can help them better understand and ultimately work to save coral reefs. “Surprisingly, we still don’t know how many coral ...

02 Sep 2020
New tech uncovers the hidden life of ‘dead’ coral reefs

New tech uncovers the hidden life of ‘dead’ coral reefs

A new study suggests ‘dead’ coral rubble can still sustain life, with a large number of tiny animals hidden and living amongst the ruins. While the study does not suggest de...

01 Sep 2020
History repeats as coral reefs are devastated

History repeats as coral reefs are devastated

A new study on coral evolution has found climates similar to what we’re seeing today have previously devastated hard-bodied corals—the architects of coral reefs—while making ...

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...

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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