The overarching aim of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrated Coral Reef Studies is to provide the scientific knowledge necessary for sustaining ecosystem goods and services of the world’s coral reefs, which support the livelihoods and food security of millions of people in the tropics. The Centre will enhance Australia’s global leadership in coral reef science through three ambitious research programs addressing the future of coral reefs and their ability to adapt to change. A key outcome of the research will be providing tangible benefits to all Australians by building bridges between the natural and social sciences, strengthening capacity, and informing and supporting transformative changes in coral reef governance and management.


Funding: $28 million over 7 years

Centre Director: Professor Terry Hughes

Administering Organisation: James Cook University

Collaborating and Partner Organisations:

  • The Australian National University
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Western Australia
  • The Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • National Centre for Scientific Research, France (CNRS)
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • Stanford University
  • WorldFish Center

Please visit the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrated Coral Reef Studies website for further information.