In addition to the Foundation's awards, each year the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook UniversityVirginia awards to five graduate students for the most outstanding publications in peer-reviewed international journals as the Virginia Chadwick Awards. The student must be the lead author on the paper which must be published in a high ranking journal. Each award attracts a prize of $1,000 from the ARC Centre of Excellence. Links to these excellent papers are on the Centre's website at


  • Brandl S, Robbins WD, and Bellwood, DR (2015) Exploring the nature of ecological specialization in a coral reef fish community: morphology, diet and foraging microhabitat use. Proceedings of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences 282(1815).

  • Butler, IR, Sommer, B, Zann, M, Zhao, JX and Pandolfi, JM (2015). The cumulative impacts of repeated heavy rainfall, flooding and altered water quality on the high-latitude coral reefs of Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia. Marine Pollution Bulletin 96(1-2): 356-367.

  • Georgiou L, Falter J, Trotter J, Kline DI, Holcomb M, Dove SG, Hoegh-Guldberg O and McCulloch M (2015). pH homeostasis during coral calcification in a free ocean CO2 enrichment (FOCE) experiment, Heron Island reef flat, Great Barrier Reef. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112(43): 13219-24 (p31).

  • Lamb, JB, Williamson DH, Russ GR and Willis BL (2015). Protected areas mitigate diseases of reefbuilding corals by reducing damage from fishing. Ecology 96(9): 2555-67 (p30).

  • Veilleux HD, Ryu T, Donelson JM, van Herwerden L, Seridi L, Ghosheh Y, Berumen ML, Leggat W, Ravasi T, and Munday P (2015) Molecular processes of transgenerational acclimation to a warming ocean. Nature Climate Change 5(12): 1074–1078.


  • Allan, BJM, Miller, GM, McCormick, MI, Domenici, P and Munday, PL (2014). Parental

  • effects improve escape performance of juvenile reef fish in a high-CO2 world. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 281: 20132179.

  • Brandl, SJ and Bellwood, DR (2014). Individual-based analyses reveal limited functional overlap in a coral reef fish community. Journal of Animal Ecology 83(3): 661-670.

  • Gurney, GG, Cinner, J, Ban, NC, Pressey, RL, Pollnac, R, Campbell, SJ, Tasidjawa, S and Setiawan, F (2014). Poverty and protected areas: an evaluation of a marine integrated conservation and development project in Indonesia. Global Environmental Change-Human and Policy Dimensions 26: 98-107.

  • Rizzari JR, Bergseth BJ, Frisch AJ (2015). Impact of conservation areas on trophic interactions between apex predators and herbivores on coral reefs. Conservation Biology 29(2): 418-29. (published online in 2014)

  • Taylor, BM (2014). Drivers of protogynous sex change differ across spatial scales. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 281: 20132423.


  • Binning SA, Roche DG and Fulton J. Localised intraspecific variation in the swimming phenotype of a coral reef fish across different wave exposures, ecologia.  DOI:10.1007/s00442-013-2794-5

  • Januchowski-Hartley FA, Graham NAJ, inner JE and Russ GR (2013). Spillover of fish naivete from marine reserves. Ecology Letters 16(2): 191-197.

  • Raina J-B, Tapiolas DM, Foret S, Lutz A, Abrego D, eh J, Seneca FO, lode PL, Bourne DG, Willis BL and Motti A (2013). DMSP biosynthesis by an animal and its role in coral thermal stress response. Nature 502(7473): 677-680.  

  • Sommer, B, Harrison P, Beger M and Pandolfi JM. Trait-mediated environmental filtering drives assembly at biogeographic transition zones. Ecology. ttp:// 

  • Torda G, Lundgren P, Willis BL and Van Oppen MJH (2013). Genetic assignment of recruits reveals short- and long-distance larval dispersal in Pocillopora damicornis on the Great Barrier Reef. Molecular Ecology 22(23): 5821-5834. 


  • Blowes, SA and Connolly, SR (2012). Risk spreading, connectivity, and optimal reserve spacing. Ecological Applications 22(1): 311-321.

  • Brewer, TD, Cinner, J, Fisher, R, Green, A and Wilson, S (2012). Market access, population density, and socioeconomic development explain diversity and functional group biomass of coral reef fish assemblages. Global Environmental Change 22: 399-406.

  • Donelson, JM, Munday, PL and McCormick, MI (2012). Climate change may affect fish through an interaction of parental and juvenile environments. Coral Reefs 31(3): 753-762.

  • Doropoulos, C, Ward, S, Diaz-Pulido, G, Hoegh-Guldberg, O and Mumby, PJ (2012). Ocean acidification reduces coral recruitment by disrupting intimate larval-algal settlement interactions. Ecology Letters 15(4): 338-346.

  • Harrison, HB, Williamson, DH, Evans, RD, Almany, GR, Thorrold, SR, Russ, GR, Feldheim, KA, van Herwerden, L, Planes, S, Srinivasan, M, Berumen, ML and Jones, GP (2012). Larval export from marine reserves and the recruitment benefit for fish and fisheries. Current Biology 22(11): 1023-1028.


  • Alvarez-Romero, JG, Pressey, RL, Ban, NC, Vance-Borland, K, Willer, C, Klein, CJ and Gaines, SD (2011). Integrated land-sea conservation planning: the missing links. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 42(1): 381-409.

  • Donelson, JM, Munday, PL, McCormick, MI and Nilsson, GE (2011). Acclimation to predicted ocean warming through developmental plasticity in a tropical reef fish.Global Change Biology 17(4):1712-1719.

  • Hoey, AS, Pratchett, MS and Cvitanovic, C (2011). High macroalgal cover and low coral recruitment undermines the potential resilience of the world’s southernmost coral reef assemblages. PLoS ONE 6(10): e25824.

  • Lawton, RJ, Messmer, V, Pratchett, MS and Bay, LK (2011). High gene flow across large geographic scales reduces extinction risk for a highly specialised coral feeding butterflyfish. Molecular Ecology 20(17): 3584-3598.

  • Lybolt, M, Neil, D, Zhao, J, Feng, Y, Yu, K-F and Pandolfi, J (2011). Instability in a marginal coral reef: the shift from natural variability to a human-dominated seascape. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 9(3): 154-160.


  • Adams, VM, Pressey, RL and Naidoo, R (2010). Opportunity costs: who really pays for conservation? Biological Conservation 143(2): 439-448.

  • Bongaerts, P, Ridgway, T, Sampayo, E and Hoegh-Guldberg, O (2010). Assessing the ‘deep reef refugia’ hypothesis: focus on Caribbean reefs. Coral Reefs 29(2): 309-327.

  • Crawley, A, Kline, DI, Dunn, S, Anthony, K and Dove, S (2010). The effect of ocean acidification on symbiont photorespiration and productivity in Acropora formosa. Global Change Biology 16(2): 851-863.

  • Pollock, FJ, Morris, PJ, Willis, BL and Bourne, DG (2010). Detection and quantification of the coral pathogen Vibrio coralliilyticus by real-time PCR with TaqMan fluorescent probes. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 76(15): 5282-5286.

  • Sato, Y, Willis, BL and Bourne, DG (2010). Successional changes in bacterial communities during the development of black band disease on the reef coral, Montipora hispida. ISME Journal 4(2): 203-214.