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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 Triangle Initiative

Coral Triangle Initiative

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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Jorge G. Álvarez-Romero

Jorge G. Álvarez-Romero


Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Postdoctoral Researcher, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University (2012 to date)

Casual research and GIS support, TropWater, James Cook University (2011-2012)

Mexico's CITES Scientific Authority Coordinator, CONABIO (2003-2008)


PhD, James Cook University (2012)


Program 1: People and Ecosystems; The Conservation Planning Group


James Cook University



+61 (0)7 4781 6517


Professional experience

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NESP Northern Australia, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University (2016 to date)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NERP Northern Australia, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University (2012-215)

Casual research and GIS support, Marine Monitoring Program,TropWater, James Cook University (2011-2012)

Mexico’s CITES Scientific Authority Coordinator, CONABIO (2003-2008)

See Research Portfolio, Google Scholar and Research Gate for further information and to access publications.

Curriculum vitae

Research Interests

Jorge’s broad interests regard planning for the sustainable use of natural resources to achieve biodiversity conservation and development objectives. He is interested in contributing to further develop systematic conservation planning theory and practice through the integration of terrestrial and marine conservation planning.

Jorge’s research explores theoretical and methodological aspects of key decision-making problems associated with an integrated land-sea planning approach, such as integrating cross-system threats (e.g. how land-based threats affect marine and coastal spatial prioritization), identifying co-benefits and trade-offs associated with management decisions (e.g. spatial congruence between local and downstream land values), and improving collaboration among diverse stakeholders. His work on marine planning includes developing practical approaches to design marine reserve networks considering ecological connectivity and the effects of climate change. Jorge is working at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies as part of the Conservation Planning Research Group.

Selected publications

Current projects

Catchment-to-coast planning: This project aims to develop a decision framework to guide catchment managers in making decisions about natural resource investments to achieve multiple objectives. This framework will allow land managers to draw together available environmental, social and economic information and to compare investment strategies to explicitly assess trade-offs between objectives. It will also consider development trajectories, cost, feasibility and effectiveness of alternative policy tools. This project is part of the research on integrated planning undertaken by our research group. Read more: http://www.nespnorthern.edu.au/projects/nerp/catchment-to-coast-planning/

Networks, collaboration and natural resource management: Collaborative networks are widely suggested as a key factor affecting the success of natural resource management (NRM) and conservation projects. Social network analysis (SNA) can be useful to study social relationships and interpreting their implications for NRM. Through the integration of SNA and other analytical methods, we are improving our understanding of collaboration networks in northern Australia. Our results can be useful to planners to identify key actors to facilitate engagement with stakeholder groups, identify missing stakeholders, and find ways to enable collaboration.

Marine reserves network in the Midriff Islands, Gulf of California: Overfishing and climate change threaten marine biodiversity and fisheries. Addressing these problems is critical in areas of high species richness and endemicity, such as the Midriff Islands, Gulf of California (Mexico), where livelihoods of coastal communities are threatened by depletion of fish stocks and potential loss of species associated with climate change. In collaboration with researchers, agencies and NGOs, we aim to design a network of marine reserves for this priority conservation area. The project aims to develop a practical approach to design networks of marine reserves that consider ecological connectivity and the effects of climate change (see video).

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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