Lough, Janice

Dr Janice Lough

Senior Principal Research Scientist

Contact Information

Telephone: (07) 4753 4248
Int: +61-7-4753 4248
Email: j.lough@aims.gov.au


Prior to joining AIMS in 1986: 
Research Associate, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA (1982-1986)
Senior Research Associate, Climate Research Unit, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK (1980-1982)


1982 PhD Climate Research Unit, University of East Anglia, Norwich UK
1976 BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich UK


I undertake research in 2 main areas: 
extraction and interpretation of proxy climate and environmental information from records contained in long-lived annually-banded massive corals. Such records extend the short instrumental records the for tropical oceans & provide critical insights into the nature and causes of past climate and environmental changes;
detecting and understanding the consequences of a rapidly changing global climate due to human activities for tropical coral reef ecosystems.


Adjunct Professorial Research Fellow and Partner Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Reef Studies, James Cook University
Advisory Editor - Coral Reefs
Associate Editor - Proceedings Royal Society B


Lough JM et al (2018) Increasing thermal stress for tropical coral reefs: 1871-2017. Sci Rep, doi:10.1038/s41598-018-24530-9

Hughes TP et al (2018) Spatial and temporal patterns of mass bleaching in the Anthropocene. Science 359:80-82

Hughes TP et al (2017) Coral reefs in the Anthropocene. Nature, doi:10.1038/nature22901

Hughes TP et al (2017) Global warming and recurrent mass bleaching of corals. Nature, doi:10.1038/nature21707

Cook BI, et al (2016) The paleoclimate context and future trajectory of extreme summer hydroclimate events in eastern Australia. J Geophys Res-Atmos, doi: 10.1002/2016JD024892

Su R, et al (2016) Variations in massive Porites growth rates at Hainan Island, northern South China Sea. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 546:47-60

Lough JM, et al (2016) Environmental drivers of growth in massive Porites corals over 16 degrees of latitude along Australia's northwest shelf. Limnol & Ocean, 61:684-700

Lough JM, et al (2015) Freshwater impacts in the central Great Barrier Reef: 1648-2011. Coral Reefs 34(3):739-751

Lough JM et al (2014) Evidence for suppressed mid-Holocene monsoon variability in northeast Australia from coral luminescence. Paleoceanography, doi:10.1002/2014PA002630

Zinke J et al (2014) Corals record long-term Leeuwin current variability including Ningaloo Nino/Nina since 1795. Nature Commun, doi:10.1038/ncomms4607

Cantin NE, Lough JM (2014) Surviving coral bleaching events: Porites growth anomalies on the Great Barrier Reef. PLos ONE 9:e0088720

Bell JD et al(2013) Mixed responses of tropical Pacific fisheries and aquaculture to climate change. Nature Climate Change 3:591-599

Lough JM (2012) Small change, big difference: sea surface temperature distributions for tropical coral reef ecosystems, 1950-2011. J Geophys Res-Oceans,doi:10.1029/2012JC008199

Cooper TF, et al (2012) Growth of Western Australian corals in the Anthropocene. Science 335:593-596

Lough JM, Cooper TF (2011) New insights from coral growth band studies in an era of rapid environmental change. Earth-Science Reviews 108:170-184

Lough JM, Hobday AJ (2011) Observed climate change in Australian marine and freshwater environments. Mar Freshwater Res 62:984-999

Lough JM (2011) Great Barrier Reef coral luminescence reveals rainfall variability over northeastern Australia since the 17th century. Paleoceanography, doi:10.1029/2010PA002050

Lough JM (2010) Climate records from corals. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 1:318-331