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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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Marie Lapointe

Marie Lapointe


PhD candidate


James Cook University



Marie arrived at the Centre in September 2016 from Montreal, Canada, her beloved hometown. Marie’s love of nature led her to complete a B.Sc. at McGill University in Biology and Environmental Studies (2004) followed by a M.Sc. in Plant Ecology at Université de Montréal (2009).

Back in Canada, she worked in conservation through land acquisition and management of natural areas for a not-for-profit-organization. She was also involved in environmental awareness raising for different NGOs. She had the chance to work in Panama, Cuba and Italy in urban and peri-urban forestry.

As evidenced by her diverse yet complementary past work experience, Marie has always been interested in the linkages that exist between societies and the environment and issues of sustainability. At the Centre, Marie will pursue her interest in social-ecological systems by exploring tradeoffs between ecosystem services and the consequences on human wellbeing in small islands. She is advised by Graeme Cumming and Georgina Gurney.

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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