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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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Vimoksalehi Lukoschek

Vimoksalehi Lukoschek


Research Fellow


ARC DECRA Fellow (2013-2017)

Smart Futures Research Fellow (2010-2013 )

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of California, Irvine (2007-2009)


2007 The molecular ecology and evolution of Australasian sea snakes. Doctor of Philosophy James Cook University


James Cook University



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ARC DECRA Fellow (2013-2017)

Smart Futures Research Fellow (2010-2013 )

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of California, Irvine (2007-2009)

Research Interests

My overarching research interest is the application of molecular genetic theory and modern molecular techniques to better understand the evolution and maintenance of biodiversity, at both organismal and genetic levels, in the marine environment. As such I am interested in broad range of topics that include the evolutionary history of marine taxa; the molecular ecology, population genetics and mating systems of species; patterns of connectivity among geographically dispersed populations; and the ways in which these interacting factors impinge on the conservation of marine biodiversity. For my doctoral research I studied the population genetics, phylogeography, phylogeny and conservation of the hydrophiine sea snakes. I broadened this research theme as a postdoctoral fellow at UC Irvine to investigate the timing and biogeographical patterns of species diversification in marine and aquatic snakes.

My current research interests are focused on seascape genetics and bio-oceanographic modelling to understand connectivity of reef building corals. This research evaluates larval connectivity for broadcast-spawning reef-building corals at the level of recruits using parentage analyses and assignment tests, as well as more traditional population genetic approaches. Genetic connectivity information will be coupled with environmental and oceanographic data to generate the first larval dispersal models for corals on the Great Barrier Reef.

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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