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 studies climate change and coral reefs. Hoegh-Guldberg has appeared on television, including two Australian Story series profiling his life and work,[1][2] and radio,[3] and maintains a blog[4] on coral reefs, politics and the environment.

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

Academic career[edit]

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 Leonard Muscatine in 1989. His PhD topic focused upon the physiology of corals and their zooxanthellae under thermal stress.

Hoegh-Guldberg is a professor [5] 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.[6] As of 5 October 2009, he had published 236 journal articles, 18 book chapters and been cited 3,373 times.[7]

Current positions[edit]


  • UCLA Distinguished Scholar Award (1988)
  • Robert D. Lasiewski Award, UCLA (1989)
  • Sydney University Award for Excellence in Teaching (1996)
  • The Eureka Prize for Scientific Research (1999)
  • Wesley College (University of Sydney) Medal (2009)
  • Queensland 2008 Smart State Premier's Fellow (2008–2013)