In Progress

Priority Areas

  • Climate Change
  • Management


A new and innovative approach at the frontier of reef science could help create an early warning system for coral reefs under stress before any physical signs are visible. 

James Cook University is developing tests to diagnose coral stress and the likelihood of recovery and survival.

Corals for bleaching recovery experiment

This project is developing indices of coral health that can be used to evaluate future responses to climate change. 

Specifically the project utilises two novel approaches; metabolite biomarkers and regeneration and survival indicators, to develop markers for stress, recovery and health in corals. 

These approaches provide the first widely applicable metric encompassing pre-bleaching stress, stress and post-bleaching recovery, and the first direct measure of coral health that is applicable across the Great Barrier Reef, regardless of target species, reef location or local environmental variables