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Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

Director, Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (BScHons., Sydney; PhD., UCLA) is Director of the Global Change Institute and Professor of Marine Science at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, and Deputy Director of James Cook University’s Centre for Excellence in Coral Reef Studies. He was made an ARC Laureate Fellow in 2013.

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg's research interests are focused on environmental change and marine ecosystems. He is one of the world’s most cited authors on climate change with more than 15,000 citations from >250 papers, books and patents. Ove was also the Coordinating Lead Author for the ‘Oceans’ chapter of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is passionate about communicating science. Working with Sir David Attenborough, Sylvia Earle, Tom Brokaw, Philippe Cousteau and others, Ove has attempted to take education beyond the walls of academia to millions. In 2014 alone, he educated over 2000 students through a massive open online courses. He has received the Eureka Prize, a Queensland Premier’s Fellowship and the 2014 Climate Change Award (Prince Albert II, Monaco), and is a member of the Australian Academy of Science. He is also Chief Scientist of the Catlin Seaview Survey (, which is producing the largest baseline of coral reef health globally.