Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is currently Professor of Marine Studies and Director of the Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland. As Director of the Global Change Institute, he engages with policy makers, innovators, research communities and the public to communicate research and facilitate high-impact solutions to the most pressing and serious challenges facing humanity, such as climate change, clean energy, food security and population growth.

As Professor of Marine Studies, Ove leads a research group that focuses on the impact of global warming and ocean acidification on coral reefs. Currently, he play significant roles within the IPCC (coordinating lead author Chapter 30, “Open Oceans”) and am Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Senior Scientist for the Catlin Seaview Survey, and Chair of the Blue Ribbon Panel for the Global Partnership for Oceans at the World Bank among other projects.

In addition,  Ove has been adviser to numerous organisations (mostly unpaid) including the Royal Society (London)GreenpeaceWorld Fund for NatureRio Tinto Aluminium, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation,Great Barrier Reef Marine Park AuthorityThe World BankUNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic CommissionNOAA and the Australian Government, primarily on the issue of marine ecosystems and climate change.

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg’s published works include over 230 refereed publications and book chapters.  He is one of the most cited authors within the peer-reviewed literature on climate change and its impacts on natural ecosystems (Thomson Reuters 2012).  Three of his publications are now the 1st, 4th and 6th most cited works over the past 10 years in the area of “climate change”.

Ove is highly motivated to communicate science effectively, pursue game-changing research and to find high-impact solutions. To this end, he has worked extensively with the media (radio, print, video), believing that scientists need to extend the impact of their science using the full set of communication options.  Ove is a regular contributor to the media  and has worked on projects with leading film makers and companies including the ABC, BBC (Attenborough), NBC (Brokaw) and many others.

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg has held academic positions at UCLA, Stanford University (visiting Professor for 8 years), University of Sydney and University of Queensland, and am a member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. In 1999. he was awarded the Eureka Prize for scientific research, was QLD Smart State Premier’s Fellow (2008-2013),Reviewing Editor at Science Magazine (2003-2009), and is currently an ARC Laureate Fellow (2013-present). In 2013,  Ove Hoegh-Guldberg was elected to Australian Academy of Science.

Ove is an avid diver and photographer. He was profiled by Australian Story in 2009 (View documentary).


4 Responses to Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

  1. WILLIAM maxwell says:

    I meet you last Friday @ UQ Climate for Change.
    Various sources I have read recently (& geology 101 in 1979)allude to the world being ice free at 5°C warmer with sea levels up to 70 metres higher than current including a 20m ‘fall’ for calthrates from the sea bed.
    I am seeking reputable information source(s) for geological data that shows historical sea levels / temperature relationships
    As well, I would like to source information on the level of CO₂ concentrations that trigger an Oceanic anoxic event and the corresponding decreases in surface oxygen levels.
    WILLIAM maxwell (future foreshore property owner)

  2. Don Gaddes says:

    I recommend both you and Ove read ‘Tomorrows Weather’(Alex S Gaddes,1990)
    This book has now been updated and republished as a free pdf, and is available from

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  4. Ricki says:

    Ove, what can you say about the recent CSIRO report on the reef? Please put up a post. I was there only a 2 weeks ago (off the Whitsundays). I have to admit the coral looked a bit sparse, but I am surprised by the 50% figure.

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