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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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Susannah Leahy

Susannah Leahy


PhD graduate


James Cook University




Susannah grew up in the United States and France. She pursued training as an ecologist while completing her undergraduate degree at the George Washington University, and was all set to begin working in terrestrial systems. However, she was sidetracked into marine ecology by a research experience with NOAA as a Hollings Scholar, and has never looked back. Following a Shapiro research fellowship at James Cook University, she decided to stay on, completing a Masters of Applied Science degree in marine biology. She has now begun a PhD in which she will investigate the effectiveness of small, community-based marine reserves in the Philippines at protecting the range of habitats required by fishery species that change habitat with ontogeny. Her work is being completed under the supervision of Prof. Garry Russ, Dr. Rene Abesamis, and Prof. Michael Kingsford. Outside of her university life, Susannah is an avid kayaker and enjoys sunrises, sunsets, and long walks anywhere but the beach.

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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