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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 Bleaching

Coral Bleaching

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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Mariana Alvarez Noriega

Mariana Alvarez Noriega


PhD candidate


James Cook University



Mariana was born in Mexico City and moved to Australia in 2011 to study a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Marine Biology at JCU. She did an honours project looking at the role of relative nonlinearity of competition on the coexistence between coral growth forms under the supervision of Sean Connolly, Andrew Baird and Josh Madin. Relative nonlinearity of competition is a fluctuation-dependent mechanism where each competitor exploits the resource more effectively at a different resource level. She is currently doing her PhD at JCU under the supervision of Sean Connolly, Andrew Baird and Mia Hoogenboom, looking at other mechanisms affecting the maintenance of coral biodiversity.

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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