Dr Nick Graham tackles large-scale ecological and social-ecological coral reef issues under the overarching themes of climate change, human use and resilience.

He has worked extensively on the ecological ramifications of fishing and closed area management. He assessed the long-term impacts of climate induced coral bleaching on coral reef fish assemblages, fisheries and ecosystem stability.

He studies the patterns and processes by which degraded coral reefs recover, and how this can be incorporated into, or influenced by, management action. Increasingly, he works with social scientists and economists to assess methods of linking social-ecological systems for natural resource assessment and management.

  • Impacts of climate change on reef systems
  • Predator prey dynamics
  • Predicting recovery patterns in disturbed reef systems
  • Linking social-ecological data
  • Impacts of humans on fish behaviour
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 127+ research outputs authored by Dr Nick Graham from 2003 onwards.

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Australian Research Council - Centres of Excellence

ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrated Coral Reef Studies

Indicative Funding
$28,000,000 over 7 years
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 bui8lding bridges between the natural and social sciences, strengthening capacity, and informing and supporting transformative changes in coral reef governance and management.
Terry Hughes, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Malcolm McCulloch, Peter Mumby, Sean Connolly, John Pandolfi, Bob Pressey, Bette Willis, Andrew Baird, David Bellwood, Joshua Cinner, Sophie Dove, Sylvain Foret, Nick Graham, Mia Hoogenboom, Geoff Jones, Mike Kingsford, Ryan Lowe, Mark McCormick, David Miller, Philip Munday, Morgan Pratchett and Garry Russ in collaboration with Neil Andrew, Jeremy Jackson, Janice Lough, Laurence McCook, Stephen Palumbi, Serge Planes and Madeleine van Oppen (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, The University of Queensland, The University of Western Australia, College of Science & Engineering, Australian National University, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, WorldFish, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Stanford University and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
coral reef ecosystems; Climate Change Adaptation; ecological resilience; biodiversity goods and services; social-ecological dynamics

Australian Research Council - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Ecology of Novel Coral Reef Ecosystems

Indicative Funding
$375,000 over 3 years
Differential vulnerability of species to drivers of ecosystem change is leading to novel ecosystem configurations. The predictable susceptibility of different species of coral to climate change enables novel coral compositions to be anticipated. This study will use experimental manipulations, large-scale ecology and simulation modelling to predict novel coral reef ecosystem configurations, including corals, mobile invertebrates and fish. Further, it will seek to understand how management may influence the continued delivery of ecosystem goods and services from these novel ecosystems. This pragmatic investigation of the future of Australia?s coral reefs will provide the information necessary for resource managers to plan for future change.
Nick Graham (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Coral Reef Ecology; Biodiversity; Marine protected areas

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Diffusion of Gear-based Conservation Innovation in Coral Reef Fisheries (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Variation in Structure and Function of Reef Fish Assemblages Among Different Coral Habitats. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Coral Reef Mesopredator Trophodynamics in Response to Reef Condition. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Tropic Pathways Between Primary Production and Biomass Accumulation on Tropical Reefs. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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