Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is the inaugural Director of the Global Change Institute (GCI) and Professor of Marine Science at The University of Queensland.
As the GCI Director, Professor Hoegh-Guldberg engages with the academic community and external stakeholders to create opportunities and build strong external links and networks for the Institute. He also heads a large research laboratory (over 30 researchers and students) that focuses on how global warming and ocean acidification are affecting and will affect coral reefs.
Professor Hoegh-Guldberg completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney before undertaking his PhD at UCLA. During his postgraduate studies he discovered the molecular mechanism behind coral bleaching, a finding that has directly influenced global policy through the integration of the physiology of corals with projections of future sea temperatures.
Professor Hoegh-Guldberg’s interest in climate change has led to significant roles within the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (coordinating lead author Chapter 30 The Ocean) and other international organisations. He is the Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Coordinator for the Australasian Centre for Excellence, and Chair of the Bleaching Working Group within the World Bank-Global Environment Facility Coral Reef Targeted Research Program. Professor Hoegh-Guldberg has collaborated with organisations such as the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, the Royal Society of London and The World Bank, as well as advising government and business on the science and urgency associated with climate change.
He is deeply-motivated by a desire to communicate science effectively, undertake game-changing research, and to find high-impact solutions and opportunities relating to climate change, population growth and technological innovation. He won the Eureka Prize for his scientific research (1999), was the Queensland Premier’s Fellow (2008-2013) and has received the Thomson Reuters Citation Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to research (2012). His published works include more than 200 refereed publications and book chapters, and he is one of the most cited authors within the peer-reviewed literature on climate change and its impacts on natural ecosystems.
Professor Hoegh-Guldberg is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow (2012), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (2013) and recipient of the Prince Albert II of Monaco’s Climate Change Award (2014).