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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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Deborah Burn

Deborah Burn


MPhil Candidate


BSc (Hons) – Newcastle University, UK 2010-2013


James Cook University



Ext: 14829



Debs hails from the cold climes of North West England, where hours spent rock-pooling and watching marine mammals off the Welsh Coast sparked her passion for all things marine. She completed her BSc in Marine Biology at Newcastle University (UK) in 2013, where her dissertation project focussed on microbial communities associated with a coral disease in Venezuela. Following this taste of the tropics, Debs moved to the Maldives where she worked first as a Science Officer for a Marine Research Station and then as the Marine Biologist and Environmental Officer for a 5* Resort. Through these positions she engaged in several research activities and was able to secure several environmental awards for the resort. In 2018, after a short stint working in eco-tourism with marine mammals in New Zealand, she moved to Townsville to get back into academia by working as a Research Assistant for Prof. Morgan Pratchett at JCU.

Through these positions, Debs has been involved in a broad range of research projects sparking a passion for understanding responses to coral reef disturbances at both the organism and ecosystem level. Her past research activities have focussed on variation in coral growth rates both on the reef and in coral nurseries, behavioural ecology of Crown of Thorns Starfish (Acanthaster planci and A. cf. solaris) and butterflyfish (Chaetodon triangulum), and coral recovery following major disturbances.

Debs is currently pursuing a Master of Philosophy focussing on replenishment dynamics of reefs throughout Australia’s Coral Sea Marine Park, supervised by Morgan Pratchett and Andy Hoey

Instagram: @debsburn.marine

ResearchGate : Deborah Burn

 

Publications:

Pisapia C, Burn D, Pratchett MS. 2019. Changes in the population and community structure of corals during recent disturbances (February 2016-October 2017) on Maldivian coral reefs. Scientific Reports. 9: 8402

Burn D, Pratchett MS, Heron SF, Thompson CA, Pratchett D, Hoey AS. Limited Cross-Shelf Variation in the Growth of Three Branching Corals on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Diversity. 2018;10(4):122

Pisapia C, Burn D, Yoosuf R, Najeeb A, Anderson KD, Pratchett MS. Coral recovery in the central Maldives archipelago since the last major mass-bleaching, in 1998. Scientific Reports. 2016;6(1):34720

Chandler JF, Burn D, Berggren P, Sweet MJ. Influence of Resource Availability on the Foraging Strategies of the Triangle Butterflyfish Chaetodon Triangulum in the Maldives. PLoS ONE. 2016;11(3):e0151923

Sweet M, Burn D, Croquer A, Leary P. Characterisation of the bacterial and fungal communities associated with different lesion sizes of dark spot syndrome occurring in the coral Stephanocoenia intersepta. PLoS ONE. 2013;8(4):e62580.

 

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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