Specialties: Coral Reefs, Ocean Conservation, Tropical Ecosystems
Terry Hughes is an affiliated researcher with the Center for Ocean Solutions, an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow, and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, where he leads Program 5: Resilience of linked social-ecological systems. Terry has an extensive background in coral reef ecology, and his research has increasingly evolved from an ecological focus towards a broader evaluation of the linkages between coral reef ecosystems and people. The new Program he heads focuses on solutions for managing resilience and for coping with change and uncertainty in complex social-ecological systems. Terry’s future research will focus on the linkages between coral reef ecosystems, the goods and services they provide to people, and the welfare of human societies. The overarching goal is to integrate the science of coral reef resilience with decision-making and management.
Terry earned a B.A. from Trinity College, University of Dublin and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He was then a Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Biologist, and Lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining the ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies as a Federation Fellow, Laureate Fellow, and Director, Terry held positions on the faculty of the School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University. Terry’s full biography can be found at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies here.