Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (biologist)

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Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (born 26 September 1959, in Sydney, Australia), is the inaugural Director of the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, and the holder of a Queensland Smart State Premier fellowship (2008–2013). He is best known for his work on climate change and coral reefs. Hoegh-Guldberg has appeared on television (including the Australian Story series profiling his life & work[1]) and radio[2] and maintains a blog[3] on coral reefs, politics and the environment.

He is of Danish ancestry and is a direct descendant and namesake of Ove Høegh-Guldberg, a prominent political figure in late 18th Century Denmark.

Academic career[edit]

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney in 1982, before moving to UCLA to complete his PhD under the guidance of the late Len Muscatine in 1989. His PhD topic focused upon the physiology of corals and their zooxanthellae under thermal stress.

Hoegh-Guldberg is a professor [4] at the University of Queensland. He is a leading coral biologist whose study focuses on the impact of global warming and climate change on coral reefs e.g. coral bleaching.[5] As of 5 October 2009, he had published 236 journal articles, 18 book chapters and been cited 3,373 times.[6]

Current positions[edit]

  • Director, Stanford Australia Program
  • Deputy Director, ARC Centre for Excellence for Reef Studies


  • UCLA Distinguished Scholar Award (1988)
  • Robert D. Lasiewski Award, UCLA (1989)
  • Sydney University Award for Excellence in Teaching (1996)
  • Wesley College (University of Sydney) Medal (2009)
  • Queensland 2008 Smart State Premier's Fellow (2008–2013)

Selected publications[edit]

  • Hoegh-Guldberg, O, and Bruno, J F (2010) The Impact of Climate Change on the World’s Marine Ecosystems. Science 328: 1523 – 1528
  • Hoegh-Guldberg O (2009) Climate change and coral reefs: Trojan horse or false prophecy? A response to Maynard et al. (2008). Coral Reefs, 28: 569-575
  • Pelejero, C, Calvo, E and Hoegh-Guldberg, O (2010) Paleo-perspectives on ocean acidification. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 25: 332-344.
  • Hoegh-Guldberg, O (2010) Dangerous shifts in ocean ecosystem function? ISME Journal 4, 1090-1092, ISME Nature group, doi:10.1038/ismej.2010.107.
  • Hoegh-Guldberg O, Hughes L, McIntyre S, Lindenmayer DB, Parmesan C, Possingham HP, Thomas CD (2008) Assisted colonization and rapid climate change. Science 321:345-346
  • Hoegh-Guldberg O, Mumby PJ, Hooten AJ, Steneck RS, Greenfield P, Gomez E, Harvell CD, Sale PF, Edwards AJ, Caldeira K, Knowlton N, Eakin CM, Iglesias-Prieto R, Muthiga N, Bradbury RH, Dubi A, Hatziolos ME (2007) Coral reefs under rapid climate change and ocean acidification. Science 318:1737-1742
  • Hoegh-Guldberg O (2006) Ecology - Complexities of coral reef recovery. Science 311:42-43
  • Hughes TP, Baird AH, Bellwood DR, Card M, Connolly SR, Folke C, Grosberg R, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Jackson JBC, Kleypas J, Lough JM, Marshall P, Nystrom M, Palumbi SR, Pandolfi JM, Rosen B, Roughgarden J (2003) Climate change, human impacts, and the resilience of coral reefs. Science 301:929-933
  • Hoegh-Guldberg O, Jones RJ, Ward S, Loh WK (2002) "Is coral bleaching really adaptive?" Nature, 415:601-602
  • Hoegh-Guldberg O (1999) "Coral bleaching, Climate Change and the future of the world’s Coral Reefs." Review, Marine and Freshwater Research, 50:839-866