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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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Beatriz Diaz Guijarro

Beatriz Diaz Guijarro


MPhil Candidate


BSc (Hons) University of Bangor


James Cook University



As a child I always loved to be in the water, be it in a pool or the ocean, this love was further fueled when I started scuba diving in my early teens. As I finished my college education I was considering studying law but marine biology was always alive in my subconscious and in an attempt to completely fill university applications I applied for marine related subjects as well as law. After an open day for marine biology at a university in the UK I realised that it was what I was supposed to do.

I completed my BSc in marine vertebrate zoology at the University of Bangor, UK, with the goal of working with marine mammals, in particular cetaceans. During summer breaks I volunteered at Seychelles with Global Vision International (GVI) researching the damage a recent tsunami had caused on the coral populations and I continued my scuba diving education up to reaching dive instructor certification. Once concluding my BSc I subsequently moved to Townsville, Australia where I completed an MSc in natural resource management, during which I learned I had a passion for molecular genetics. I went on to intern at the Australian Institute of Science (AIMS) where I continued to develop my skills and passion for molecular genetics. I am currently doing a PhD at James Cook University, Townsville, on comparing the molecular bases of regeneration and development in corals.

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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