1

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.

2

Ecosystem dynamics: past, present and future

Examining the multi-scale dynamics of reefs, from population dynamics to macroevolution

3

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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Responding to a Changing World

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Program 3: Responding to a Changing World

Program Leaders: Professor Malcolm McCullochDr Mia Hoogenboom

The responses of people, other organisms and biological processes to rapidly changing local and global environments are key issues for the sustainability of coral reefs and the ecosystem services they provide to societies and economies.

This program focuses on new research that will advance the fundamental understanding of the key processes underpinning reef resilience, and will deliver vital information and understanding for Program 1 and Program 2.

The results of this research will generate critical new insights into the challenges that coral reef ecosystems and societies face in a rapidly changing world.

Research Themes

Dynamics of Coral Associations in Changing Environments – Explores the capacity of coral reefs to respond to both local and global drivers and stressors.

Integrity of Carbonate Reef Frameworks – Focuses on the key coral reef processes of calcification, decalcification and bioerosion critical to understanding the potential impact of changing global conditions, particularly ocean warming, acidification and declining water quality.

Adapting to a Challenging Future – Explores the mechanisms by which organisms respond to environmental change, and provide new information necessary to construct predictive models of future ecosystems.

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Malcolm McCulloch

Malcolm McCulloch

Professor, Chief Investigator and Program 3 Leader

The University of Western Australia

+61 (0)8 6488 1921

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Mia Hoogenboom

Mia Hoogenboom

Chief Investigator and Program 3 Leader

James Cook University

+61 (0)7 4781 5937

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Tracy Ainsworth

Tracy Ainsworth

Senior Science Fellow

James Cook University

+61 (0)7 4781 4442

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Andrew Baird

Andrew Baird

Professorial Research Fellow and Chief Investigator

James Cook University

+61 (0)7 4781 4857

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Dorothea Bender-Champ

Dorothea Bender-Champ

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Queensland

+61 (0)7 3346 3063

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Pim Bongaerts

Pim Bongaerts

ARC DECRA Research Fellow

University of Queensland

+61 (0)7 4978 1253

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Steeve Comeau

Steeve Comeau

ARC DECRA Research Fellow

University of Western Australia

+61 (0)8 6488 3644

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Chris Cornwall

Chris Cornwall

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Western Australia

+61 (0)8 6488 3644

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Juan Pablo D’Olivio Cordero

Juan Pablo D’Olivio Cordero

Postoctoral Research Fellow

University of Western Australia

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Jennifer Donelson

Jennifer Donelson

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

James Cook University, Townsville

+61 (0)4 0206 2046

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Sophie Dove

Sophie Dove

Chief Investigator

University of Queensland

+61 (0)7 3365 7229

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Jim Falter

Jim Falter

Senior Research Fellow

University of Western Australia

+61 (0)8 6488 3459

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Private: Sylvain Foret

Private: Sylvain Foret

Chief Investigator

Australian National University

+61 (0)2 6125 0563

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Sofia Fortunato

Sofia Fortunato

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

James Cook University

+61 (0)7 4781 6294

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Manuel Gonzalez-Rivero

Manuel Gonzalez-Rivero

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Queensland

+61 (0)7 3365 3452

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Hugo B. Harrison

Hugo B. Harrison

ARC DECRA Research Fellow

James Cook University

+61 (0)7 4781 6358

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Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

Professor and Chief Investigator

University of Queensland

+61 (0)7 3443 3112

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Mike Kingsford

Mike Kingsford

Professor and Chief Investigator

James Cook University

+61 (0)7 4781 4345

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Andreas Kubicek

Andreas Kubicek

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Queensland

+61 (0)7 334 63063

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Bill Leggat

Bill Leggat

Associate Professor

James Cook University

+61 (0)7 4781 6923

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Janice Lough

Janice Lough

Senior Principal Research Scientist

Australian Institute of Marine Science

+61 (0)7 4753 4248

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Ryan Lowe

Ryan Lowe

Professor and Chief Investigator

University of Western Australia

+61 (0)8 6488 2706

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Vimoksalehi Lukoschek

Vimoksalehi Lukoschek

Research Fellow

James Cook University

+61 410 340609

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David J. Miller

David J. Miller

Professor and Chief Investigator

James Cook University

+61 (0)7 4781 6078

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Aurelie Moya

Aurelie Moya

Research Fellow

James Cook University

+61 7 4781 3654

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Philip Munday

Philip Munday

Professor & Chief Investigator

James Cook University

+61 (0)7 4781 5341

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Jodie Rummer

Jodie Rummer

Senior Research Fellow

James Cook University

+61 (0)7 4781 5300

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Eugenia Sampayo

Eugenia Sampayo

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Queensland

+61 (0)7 3365 2729

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Verena Schoepf

Verena Schoepf

Research Associate

University of Western Australia

+61 (0)8 6488 6767

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Greg Torda

Greg Torda

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

James Cook University

+61 (0)7 4781 5241

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Madeleine van Oppen

Madeleine van Oppen

Professor and Partner Investigator

Australian Institute of Marine Science

+61 (0)7 4753 4370

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Heather Veilleux

Heather Veilleux

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

James Cook University

+61 (0)7 4781 4850

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Sue-Ann Watson

Sue-Ann Watson

Research Fellow

James Cook University

+61 (0)7 4781 5270

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Bette L. Willis

Bette L. Willis

Professor and Chief Investigator

James Cook University

+61 (0)7 4781 5349

Program 3: Responding to a Changing World

Members of this program work across a range of themes (see introduction). Some are also part of individual research groups (below).

Individual Research Groups

Coral Reef Biogeochemical Laboratories, led by Malcolm McCulloch

The group based at the University of Western Australia  focusses on understanding the effects of climate change and ocean acidification on coral bio-calcification in both shallow-water as well deep-sea reef environments. Research areas include the application and/or development of novel coral-based geochemical proxies including in-situ laser ablation, isotopic and trace-element methods to track the impact of global warming, declining seawater pH across a spectrum of environments (tropical to sub-tropical, shallow water to deep-sea) over different timescales. This is complemented by mesocosm, field studies and modelling of reef environments designed to understand and predict how changing physical/chemical/biological conditions and other environmental variability (e.g. thermal induced stress and land-based interactions such as river runoff)  influence coral reef ecosystems.

Willis Lab, led by Bette Willis

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Coral Reef Ecology Lab, led by Andrew Baird, Andrew Hoey, and Morgan Pratchett

Seminar9_parrotfish_coralCoral reef ecosystems are ecologically and economically important, but are also being rapidly degraded throughout the world. Pratchett, Hoey and Baird work together (along with a large group of graduate students and early career researchers) to explore the dynamics of reef organisms and interactions among key components of reef ecosystems. This research is fundamental to developing effective management strategies to halt and reverse global degradation of reef ecosystems.

Bioinformatics, Genomics and Epigenomics (Forêt Lab), led by Sylvain Forêt

Seminar18_nudibranchThe Forêt Lab specialises in bioinformatics, genomics, epigenomics, gene expression and animal physiological ecology.

 

 

Coral Reef Ecosystems Laboratory, led by Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and Sophie Dove

Seminar9_parrotfish_coralThe Coral Reef Ecosystem (CRE) Laboratory includes a number of Post-docs, PhD students and professional staff. The lab is interested in examining the organisms and processes that underlie the structure and function of coral reef ecosystems. Current projects investigate the effects of climate change at both the reef community and species levels, through a large climate controlled water treatment system on Heron Island. Other projects examine reef metabolism, health, biodiversity, connectivity and species interactions, through the use of surveys, in situ environment and organism measurements and photographs from the Catlin Seaview Survey.

Reef fish ecology and climate change, led by Philip Munday

Seminar5_clownfishProfessor Munday has broad interests in the population, community and behavioural ecology of reef fishes. His research group focuses on understanding and predicting the impacts that climate change and ocean acidification will have on populations and communities of marine fishes, both directly through changes in the physical environment and indirectly through effects on coral reef habitat. Using a range of laboratory and field experiments he is investigating the effects of climate change and ocean acidification on reef fish populations and testing their capacity for acclimation and adaptation to a rapidly changing environment. A major research focus is understanding how exposure to higher temperatures and carbon dioxide levels in one generation affects the ability of subsequent generations of fish to tolerate these conditions (transgenerational acclimation).

Ecological and Conservation Physiology of Fishes (Rummer Lab), led by Jodie Rummer

Seminar19_harlequintuskfish_closeupWith over 400 million years of evolution, the fishes represent one of the most successful adaptive radiation events in vertebrate history. Yet, we do not fully understand how fish are responding to environmental and human-induced stress and their capacity to adapt to global climate change. The physiological changes that fish make in response to stress in order to maintain performance and the significance of these changes to over daily, seasonal, geographic, developmental, and generational scales is the focus the research in the Rummer Lab.

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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