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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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28 Aug 2020
From Single to a Symbiotic Relationship: How “Relationship Status” Changes Gene Expression in Corals & Symbiotic Algae

From Single to a Symbiotic Relationship: How “Relationship Status” Changes Gene Expression in Corals & Symbiotic Algae

The relationship between adult corals (the host) and algae of the Symbiodiniaceae family (the symbiotic partners, previously known as zooxanthellae) has long been studied by resear...

03 Feb 2021
Forty years of coral spawning captured in one place for the first time

Forty years of coral spawning captured in one place for the first time

Thirteen researchers and numerous alumni from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies were part of a massive global effort to understand when corals reproduce. The resu...

30 Nov 2020
Genes unlock clues to the evolution & survival of the Great Barrier Reef

Genes unlock clues to the evolution & survival of the Great Barrier Reef

In a ground-breaking new study, scientists used innovative molecular techniques to explain how corals on the east coast of Australia survived previous tough conditions—enabling t...

01 Oct 2020
Improving estimates of coral reef carbonate budgets using habitat-specific rates

Improving estimates of coral reef carbonate budgets using habitat-specific rates

The growth and persistence of coral reefs is dependent on the positive balance between calcium carbonate (CaCO3) production and erosion—often referred to as a ‘carbonate budget...

28 Aug 2020
Coral CoE Tall Poppies

Coral CoE Tall Poppies

Two of our researchers were recently recognised by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science 2020 Queensland Tall Poppy awards: Dr Michele Barnes and Dr Peter Cowman. ...

22 Oct 2020
Lived Experiences of COVID-19: Impacts on an Atoll Island Community, Papua New Guinea

Lived Experiences of COVID-19: Impacts on an Atoll Island Community, Papua New Guinea

The spread of COVID-19, and policies across the world to contain it, continue to have wide-reaching impacts on small-scale fishing communities. Within the Pacific region, most cou...

24 Jul 2020
Boats & ships leave baby reef fish vulnerable to predators

Boats & ships leave baby reef fish vulnerable to predators

Juvenile fishes have one of the highest mortality rates compared to other life stages. Within two days of settling into a reef almost 60 percent are consumed by predators (1). Our ...

22 Jul 2020
Crown-of-thorns enhance their growth by switching diets early

Crown-of-thorns enhance their growth by switching diets early

Crown-of-thorns starfish are renowned for eating coral and destroying coral reefs—but when juvenile crown-of-thorns first settle in reef environments they start out by eating roc...

15 May 2020
New report outlines status of Tongan marine environments

New report outlines status of Tongan marine environments

The Kingdom of Tonga Special Management Area report 2020 is now available online. The report provides an overview of the current the status of Tonga’s coral reef ecosystem and...

22 May 2020
Combined stressors place ocean predators in jeopardy

Combined stressors place ocean predators in jeopardy

Nearly a third of all elasmobranch species—sharks, rays, and skates—face extinction. Without proper management and conservation efforts climate change is likely to make things ...

22 Jan 2020
Lessons from the Pacific about balancing community and environmental needs

Lessons from the Pacific about balancing community and environmental needs

Coral reefs provide food and income for millions of people, but reef health is declining worldwide. Success stories are rare, but we spent the last 16 years studying one. Since...

08 Jan 2020
Unlocking the secrets of coral reef fisheries

Unlocking the secrets of coral reef fisheries

In a recently published study, we suggest a phenomenon that helps explain how coral reef fisheries can still exist, even when fish populations drop due to overexploitation. Whil...

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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