James Cook University is a leader in research addressing the critical challenges facing the tropics, world-wide.

A defining feature of JCU is its tropical location and its research excellence in disciplines of particular relevance to the tropics.

As a comprehensive university in the tropics, JCU is well placed to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations to meet these challenges.

Research news from JCU

  • 3D satellite mapping of Coral Sea reefs
    A JCU researcher in Cairns has completed detailed 3D depth maps of Australia’s Coral Sea reefs, shedding new light on the likely distribution of coral diversity and sea life in the area.
  • Twice the coral trout in Great Barrier Reef protected zones
    Coral trout in protected ‘green zones’ are not only bigger and more abundant than those in fished ‘blue zones’ of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, but they are also better able to cope with cyclone damage, according to a long-term study published today in Current Biology.
  • Stingray target training hits the mark
    The memory and intelligence of stingrays is being put to the test as part of unique research into the animals’ learning behaviour — and so far, they’ve passed with flying colours.
  • Habitat fragmentation having “terrifying effects” on world’s ecosystems
    Two dozen of the world’s top ecologists say that Earth’s ecosystems are suffering “terrifying effects” from habitat fragmentation, in an article just published in Science Express.
  • Scientists develop PNG fishing spots
    A team from James Cook University is trying to kick-start a sports fishing industry on the PNG coast that will provide sustainable livelihoods for local people.