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Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change (CTBCC)

Researchers from CTBCC in the field at Atherton Uplands

James Cook University

CTBCC represents a globally-unique initiative designed to understand and address the critical issues faced by the hotspots of global biodiversity, the tropics, as we move into the future. CTBCC's research areas include Conservation & Ecological Management; Global Change Biology; Invasive Species and Understanding Biodiversity. CTBCC also has service themes showcasing skills to the broader community in: Biodiversity Futures; Big Data and Engagement.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Impact of climate change on tropical biodiversity
  • Species discovery and classification
  • Geographical patterns of biodiversity
  • Conservation planning for biodiversity
  • Speciation processes that generate biodiversity
  • Human imapcts on biodiversity and the natural environment
  • Biodiversity responses to impacts
  • Conservation in multi-use areas
  • Refugia for biodiversity
  • Species and population monitoring

Facilities and major equipment

  • The Daintree Rainforest Observatory (DRO)
  • Fletcherview Research Station
  • Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network FNQ Supersite
  • The Australian Tropical Herbarium
  • Advanced Analytical Centre (Cairns and Townsville) 
  • The Orpheus Island Research Station
  • High Performance Computing Centre

Number of research staff

20–100 research staff


ATSIP, James Cook University , 1 James Cook Drive, , Townsville, 4811

Lead researchers

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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Last updated:
3 June 2019