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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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Michael Cuttler

Michael Cuttler


PhD candidate


University of Western Australia



Michael’s research combines field, laboratory, and modelling approaches to quantify the key components of a carbonate sediment budget, using Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia as a case study. This budget analysis will give insight into the future changes in carbonate sediment production and cycling at Ningaloo and other fringing reef systems due to ocean acidification, sea-level rise, storm frequency and other issues related to climate change.This research will provide critical new insights into carbonate sediment production and cycling in fringing reef environments. Information gained from this study will help to refine our understanding of sediment transport pathways and coastal landform development in these environments. Furthermore, quantification of the key components of a carbonate sediment budget will prove crucial to predicting and understanding future changes to fringing reef systems due to climate change and ocean acidification.

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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