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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



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Bethan grew up in the UK, where she completed her BSc (hons) degree in Biology at Oxford Brookes University, before commencing an MSc in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation at Imperial College London. She first became fascinated by the infamous crown-of-thorns starfish (CoTS) while completing her undergraduate project on their distribution and feeding habits in the Wakatobi Marine National Park in Indonesia. Bethan is now studying for a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Morgan Pratchett (primary), Dr Jennifer Donelson, Dr. Ciemon Caballes, Dr. Sven Uthicke (AIMS) and Prof. Andrew Hoey, in the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, investigating the effect of ocean warming on the behaviour and physiology of CoTS, and their interactions with prey corals. She hopes that her work will aid our understanding of the future population dynamics of CoTS, and the threat they may pose to the reef under further 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