Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg s Professor and Director of the Centre for Marine Studies at the University of Queensland. He completed his BSc. Hons at the University of Sydney and PhD at UCLA in 1989, and was recognized in 1999 with the Eureka prize for Research into the physiological mechanisms of coral bleaching. Specialising in the impact of climate change on biological systems, Professor Hoegh-Guldberg has worked in polar, temperate and tropical regions, and is well-known for his work on the impacts of ocean warming and acidification on coral reefs. He is currently a Queensland Smart State Premier’s fellow, and holds positions as reviewing editor at Science Magazine and chair of the World Bank/GEF working group on coral reefs and climate change.

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John Bruno

John Bruno is an Associate Professor of Marine Ecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  John grew up in south Florida and began snorkeling on reefs in the Florida Keys with his family in 1972.  John is a marine ecologist and conservation biologist.  Research in the Bruno lab is focused on understanding and conserving the structure and dynamics of marine communities.  Lab members work in a variety of marine habitats including coral reefs, coastal wetlands, oyster reefs, sea grass beds, and other estuarine habitats. Current projects in the Bruno lab include investigations of the link between rising ocean temperatures and regional-scale coral disease epidemics, the importance of predator biodiversity in food webs, and the dispersal and meta-community dynamics of marine plants and animals.  John earned his Ph.D. from Brown University in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University.  For more information on and pictures of his current research, visit the Bruno lab webpage.

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Chris McGrath

Dr Chris McGrath is a Brisbane barrister practising in environmental law and a researcher on environmental policy. His PhD considered laws protecting the Great Barrier Reef. He is a presenter for the Al Gore Climate Project. His website at www.envlaw.com.au provides simple explanations of environmental law and litigation in Australia, particularly Queensland. He was born and raised in the Whitsundays and is a keen bushwalker and kayaker.

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Charlie Veron

Charlie Veron is best known as the author of the three volume Corals of the World, and is the author of 100 scientific articles, including 14 books and monographs, on subjects ranging from climate change, molecular biology, palaeontology, coral identification, biogeography, coral reefs, conservation, marine science policy, marine science history, cell biology, reptilian physiology and biography. He is former Chief Scientist of the Australian Institute of Marine Science. He has been the recipient of the Darwin Medal, the Silver Jubilee Pin of the Australian Marine Sciences Association, the Australasian Science Prize, the Whitley Medal and received special mention in the Eureka Awards. He has discovered and described 20% of all coral species of the world. He has worked in all the major coral reef regions of the world, participating in 66 expeditions and spending 7,000 hours scuba diving. He continues to work in many different fields although he now concentrates on conservation and the effects of climate change on coral reefs.

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Ken Anthony

Ken Anthony is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Marine Studies. Ken started his work on coral reef biology at James Cook University in 1995 and has been hooked ever since. His research focuses now on modelling how ocean acidification and warming affect a suite of reef processes, ranging from coral physiology to community ecology. Ken has a keen interest in linking science findings to management strategies.

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Rachael Middlebrook

Rachael is is a PhD student at the Centre for Marine Studies, University of Queensland, focusing on determining thermal threshold dynamics and variability in reef building corals between reefs and at sub-reef scales. Information provided by this research will be utilized by NOAA towards predicting coral bleaching and mortality and subsequent impacts on coral reef environments.

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Albert Norström

“Albert Norström is a PhD student at the Natural Resource Management group, Dept. Systems Ecology, Stockholm University. His research deals with understanding and assessing the role human activities have on ecosystem functions and processes, such as recruitment and herbivory, and how this impacts on reef resilience. Recent focus has been on coral phase shifts (a consequence of resilience loss) and the multiple drivers and outcomes that characterize their dynamics.

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Alicia Crawley

Alicia Crawley is a PhD student in Ove Hoegh-Gulberg’s lab at the Centre for Marine Studies, University of Queensland. During her PhD, Alicia will assess the impact of ocean acidification for the Great Barrier Reef, with particular focus on reef building corals. Her research will determine genetic and physiological changes within corals and their symbiotic dinoflagellates under climate change scenarios. Alicia can also be found on this blog, commenting on matters dear to her heart and related to ocean acidification.

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Jez Roff

Jez Roff is a PhD student at the Centre for Marine Studies, University of Queensland. His research is focused on the historical ecology of the inshore Great Barrier Reef, with broader interests in coral bleaching, coral ecology and the emerging field of coral disease. Jez is responsible for the ‘behind the scenes’ work at Climate Shifts, editing WordPress themes, general HTML and database upkeep.

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