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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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Bethan Lang

Bethan Lang


PhD Candidate


BSc (hons) at Oxford Brookes University; MSc at Imperial College London


James Cook University



+61 460 590 057


Bethan grew up in the UK, but a family holiday Down Under at the age of 13 which included a dive on the Great Barrier Reef, sparked her interest in marine biology, and love for tropical Australia. Bethan completed her BSc (hons) degree in Biology at Oxford Brookes University, before commencing an MSc in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation at Imperial College London. Bethan first became fascinated by the infamous crown-of-thorns starfish (CoTS) whilst completing her undergraduate thesis on the distribution and feeding habits of CoTS in the Wakatobi Marine National Park in Indonesia. Bethan is now studying for a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Morgan Pratchett, Dr. Sven Uthicke and A/Prof. Andrew Hoey, investigating the effect of temperature on the behaviour and physiology of CoTS. She hopes that her work will aid our understanding of the future population dynamics of the starfish under climate change.

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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