Dr Kristen Brown

Research Interests

  • Coral reef ecology
  • Species interactions
  • Coral reef community metabolism
  • Climate change on coral reef ecosystems


Kristen completed her PhD in coral reef ecology in the Coral Reef Ecosystems Laboratory at the University of Queensland in June 2018. During her PhD, she completed a series of studies and experiments that have improved our understanding of how seasonal, local (e.g., eutrophication), and global changes (e.g., ocean warming) influence benthic community structure with a focus on coral and macroalgal communities and their competitive interactions.
As a postdoctoral research fellow, Kristen has principally focused on exploring the relationships between oceanographic processes and coral reef ecosystem dynamics under present day and future conditions. This work has focused on using large scale flow-through mesocosms containing representative reef ecosystems (e.g., hard corals, macroalgae, fish, sediments) to explore the interactive effects of long-term exposure (18 months) to ocean warming and acidification. Using the Great Barrier Reef as a natural laboratory, she is also investigating the potential trade-offs (or compromises) made by so called “coral winners” following recent thermal stress events.
For more, please visit my personal website: kristentbrown.weebly.com


kristen.brown at uq.edu.au
Coral Reef Ecosystems Laboratory | ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
School of Biological Sciences | University of Queensland
Level 7 Gehrmann Laboratories (Bldg. 60)
St. Lucia, QLD 4078 Australia

Mr Joshua Biggs

Joshua is a graduate of the University of Tasmania where he studied Marine Science, focusing on interactions between aquaculture facilities and local environments. Subsequent to his time in Tasmania, he spent several years in the commercial aquaculture industry as a Nursery Technician.

Joshua is employed as a Research Assistant with the CRE Lab’s Mesocosm project, which is examining potential impacts of climate change on coral reef ecosystems. Joshua rotates between the Heron Island Research Station, where he maintains the project’s mini-artificial reef systems, and the Brisbane campus, where analysis of collected samples takes place.

Dr Catherine Kim


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Catherine Kim     CV
XL Catlin Oceans Scholar
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
The University of Queensland Australia
Level 7, Gehrmann Labs (60)
St. Lucia, QLD 4072
+617 3365 2118
c dot kim at uq.edu.au


Catherine hails from Virginia and completed her BSc in Science of Earth Systems concentrating in Oceanography at Cornell University.  Following graduation, she worked for Professor Drew Harvell coordinating her National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network Grant in the Ecology of Infectious Marine Disease.  She participated in seagrass wasting disease projects in the San Juan Islands, Washington and coral health and water quality surveys in Puakō, Hawai’i.  In 2013, she was also a program assistant for Cornell’s Earth and Environmental Systems Sustainability Semester based in Waimea, Hawai’i Island.

Catherine recently completed her PhD as an XL Catlin Oceans Scholar PhD student in the Coral Reef Ecosystems Lab and was fortunate to have been a part of the XL Catlin Seaview Survey global coral reef survey Indo-Pacific campaign in 2014.  Following the survey in Timor-Leste, Catherine focused her thesis work in the newly independent nation combining XL Catlin and NOAA datasets. As a former NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center intern, she utilized XL Catlin Seaview Survey and NOAA datasets in an effort to better understand the coral reefs of Timor-Leste. She investigated questions on coral reef benthic composition, marine biodiversity of crabs and fishes, and coral health.  Hopefully, her work will contribute to in-country marine resource management at this critical point of development in Timor-Leste. In 2019, she was the Scientific Exploration Society’s Elodie Sandford Explorer Awardee investigating tara bandu customary law as a means of marine conservation in Timor-Leste. One of the main findings from her PhD research was that Timor-Leste is a climate refugium in terms of ocean warming and comparatively less impacted by the recent mass bleaching events. Her current research focuses on extending her coral ecology background in Timor-Leste to address localized impacts such as sedimentation on coral reefs and investigate land-sea conservation planning to maximize benefits to the environment and people.


Nolan MKB, Kim CJS, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Beger M (in review) The benefits of heterogeneity in spatial planning within coral reef environments. Biological Conservation D-20-00446.

Kim CJS, Roelfsema C, Dove S, Hoegh-Guldberg O (in press) The conditions of coral reefs in Timor-Leste before and after the 2016-2017 marine heatwave. Oceans 1001163. bioRxiv

Rodriguez-Ramirez A, González-Rivero M, Beijbom O, Bailhache C, Bongaerts P, Brown K, Bryant DEP, Dalton P, Dove S, Ganase A, Kennedy EV, Kim CJS… (2020) A contemporary baseline record of the world’s coral reefs. Scientific Data. doi: 10.1038/s41597-020-00698-6. pdf

Kennedy EV, Vercelloni J, Neal B, Ambariyanto, Bryant D, Ganase A, Gartell P, Brown K, Kim CJS et al. (2020) Coral Reef Community Changes in Karimunjawa National Park, Indonesia: Assessing the Efficacy of Management in the face of Local and Global Stressors. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. 8(760): 27. doi:10.3390/jmse8100760. pdf

González-Rivero M, Beijbom O, Rodriguez-Ramirez A, Bryant DEP, Ganase A, Gonzalez-Marrero, Herrera- Reveles A, Kennedy EV, Kim CJS… (2020) Monitoring of Coral Reefs Using Artificial Intelligence: A Feasible and Cost-Effective Approach. Remote Sensing. 12(3): 489. doi:10.3390/rs12030489. pdf

Yoshioka RM, Kim CJS, Tracy AM, Most R, Harvell CD (2016) Linking sewage pollution and water quality to spatial patterns of Porites lobata growth anomalies in Puakō, Hawai‘i.Marine Pollution Bulletin. 104: 313-321. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.01.002. pdf

Groner ML, Burge CA, Kim CJS, Rees E, Van Alstyne KL, Yang S, Wyllie-Echeverria S, Harvell CD (2016) Plant characteristics associated with widespread variation in eelgrass wasting disease. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 118(2): 159-168. doi:10.3354/dao02962.

Groner ML, Burge CA, Couch CS, Kim CJS, Siegmund GF, Singhal S, Smoot SC, Harvell CD, Wyllie-Echeverria S, Jarrell A, Gaydos  JK (2014) Host demography influences the prevalence and severity of seagrass wasting disease. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 108: 165-175. doi:10.3354/dao02709

Burge CA, Kim CJS, Lyles JM, Harvell CD (2013) Special Issue Oceans and Humans Health: The Ecology of Marine Opportunists. Microbial Ecology 65(4): 869-79. doi:10.1007/s00248-013-0190-7

Other Publications

Kim CJS (in press) Coral Reef Management and Tara Bandu on Ataúro Island: an ecologist’s perspective. Timor-Leste: the Island and the World Conference Proceedings.

Kim CJS (2020) Tara Bandu in Timor-Leste. Report for the Scientific Exploration Society, Motcombe, UK. pdf

Kim CJS (2016) Coral Health and Disease in Timor-Leste. Report for the Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland, St. Lucia, QLD, Australia.

Kim CJS, Yoshioka RM, Harvell CD. (2013). Linking sewage pollution and water quality to spatial patterns of Porites growth anomalies in Puakō, HI. Report for the Puakō Community Assoc., Puakō, HI.



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Double Autobox deployment and PAM deployment at the Minireefs at Harrys Bommie, Heron Island.

Double Autobox deployment and PAM deployment at the Minireefs at Harrys Bommie, Heron Island.

Double Autobox deployment. Lilianna P.

Double Autobox deployment. Lilianna P.

Giovanni B. Working on the Autobox controller.

Giovanni B. Working on the Autobox controller.

Giovanni Bernal after cleaning the live-stream Camera.

Giovanni Bernal after cleaning the live-stream Camera.

Autobox Deployment by Lilianna P. and Giovanni B.

Autobox Deployment by Lilianna P. and Giovanni B.