Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Ph.D.

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Professor of marine studies and director, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland, St. Lucia Campus, Brisbane, Australia

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is a leading coral biologist whose professional interests focus on the impact of global warming and climate change on coral reefs. He has played an active role in the formation of the Climate Change Initiative and Pacific Ocean crosscutting project and collaborates regularly with the Center for Ocean Solutions, including serving as spokesperson on coral reefs and climate change during the recent climate treaty negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is one of the most cited authors within the peer-reviewed literature on climate change and its impacts on natural ecosystems.

Hoegh-Guldberg completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney (Australia) in 1982 and earned his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1989 with a focus on the physiology of corals. He held academic positions at UCLA, Stanford University, and the University of Sydney before joining the faculty of the University of Queensland in 2000. In 1999 he was awarded the Eureka Prize for his scientific research. He is the Queensland Smart State Premier’s Fellow (2008–2013).