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

  • New study links dredging to diseased corals
    In a world-first study published today, researchers say dredging activity near coral reefs can increase the frequency of diseases affecting corals.
  • Baby Nemos finding their way home
    Fish larvae on the Great Barrier Reef can find their way home after weeks of drifting in the sea even where the currents are strong, thanks to their senses of smell and hearing, two JCU researchers have found.
  • Think & act globally, but plan locally
    How do we contribute to a coordinated global effort, in an age when multi-lateral agreements are bogged down with politics and self-interest?
  • What women want: the ‘ex-factor’
    Women instinctively find men who have had a few partners attractive, but get turned off if he has had five or more relationships.
  • Global biodiversity hotspots at risk
    An international study has found that the world’s ‘biodiversity hotspots’ - rare habitats that sustain most of the Earth’s endangered species - are more threatened than previously thought.