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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.

Coral Bleaching

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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Amber Datta

Amber Datta


PhD candidate


James Cook University



Amber was born and raised in Hawaii, where she developed a passion for the ocean and the communities that depend on it. This drives her research interest in the management and governance of coral reefs, which she is pursuing through her PhD research on the networks of actors that govern coral reefs in the Great Barrier Reef region and Hawai’i. Amber completed a B.A. in Environmental Analysis (Biology focus) from Pomona College in 2013. She spent two and a half years working for The Nature Conservancy on a project to improve collaboration around key conservation issues in the Great Lakes Region (U.S.) before pursuing an M.S. in Resource Conservation (option in International Conservation and Development) at the University of Montana. She completed her M.S. in 2018, along with a certificate in Natural Resource Conflict Resolution that provided her with professional skills for collaborative conservation. Amber is now enrolled as a cotutelle PhD student at JCU and the University of Montana. She is advised by Michele Barnes (primary) and Tiffany Morrison at JCU, and by Brian Chaffin (primary), Jill Belsky, and Carina Wyborn at the University of Montana. She hopes her work will contribute to our understanding of the governance arrangements that facilitate adaptive responses to coral bleaching and other rapid environmental and social changes in coral reef systems. 

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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