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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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Alfonso Ruiz Moreno

Alfonso Ruiz Moreno


PhD candidate


James Cook University



Alfonso was born in Huelva, in the southwest of Spain. Since he was a child, he was fascinated with the marine realm and moved to Australia in 2014 to study a Bachelor of Science majoring in marine biology at JCU. During his studies, he became fascinated with biodiversity patterns. He did an honours project looking at the ecological processes behind patterns of abundance of species under the supervision of Sean Connolly and Tobin Northfield. He is currently doing his PhD at JCU under the supervision of Sean Connolly, David Bellwood, Hugh Sweatman and Mike Emslie, looking at the spatial and temporal biodiversity patterns of reef fishes from an ecological and phylogenetic perspective. In his project, he aims to compare community ecological and phylogenetic measures of biodiversity, and to evaluate which processes are driving these biodiversity patterns.

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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