Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg FAA
ARC Centre for Excellence in Coral Reef Studies
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
School of Biological Sciences
University of Queensland
Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is Professor of Marine Studies at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia Over the past 10 years he was Founding Director of the Global Change Institute (details here) and is Deputy Director of the Centre for Excellence in Coral Reef Studies (www.coralcoe.org.au, since 2006) and Affiliated Professor in Tropical Marine Biology at the University of Copenhagen (2016-present). Ove’s research focuses on the impacts of global change on marine ecosystems and is one of the most cited authors on climate change. In addition to pursuing scientific discovery, Ove has had a 20-year history in leading research organisations such as the Centre for Marine Studies (including 3 major research stations over 2000-2009) and the Global Change Institute, both at the University of Queensland. These roles have seen him raise more than $150 million for research and infrastructure. He has also been a dedicated communicator of the threat posed by ocean warming and acidification to marine ecosystems, being one of the first scientists to identify the serious threat posed by climate change for coral reefs in a landmark paper published in 1999 (Mar.Freshwater Res 50:839-866), which predicted the loss of coral reefs by 2050. Since that time, Ove led global discussions and action on the science and solutions to rapid climate change via high profile international roles such as the Coordinating Lead Author for the ‘Oceans’ chapter for the Fifth Assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Coordinating Lead Author on the Impacts chapter of the IPCC Special report on 1.5oC. In addition to this work, Ove conceived and led the scientific XL-Catlin Seaview Survey (details here) which has surveyed over 1000 km of coral reefs across 25 countries (details here) and which captured and analysed over 1 million survey images of coral reefs. These images and data are available to the scientific community and others via an online database: (details here).
Developing these resources is part of Ove’s current push to understand and support solutions to global change with partners such as WWF International: (details here). As scientific lead, Ove has been steering a global response to the identification of 50 sites globally that are less exposed to climate change (Beyer et al 2018, Hoegh-Guldberg et al. 2018), working with WWF International to assemble a global partnership across seven countries (Indonesia, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Cuba, East Africa, Madagascar and Fiji; Coral Reef Rescue Initiative). Scientific papers published by Ove cover significant contributions to the physiology, ecology, environmental politics, and climate change. Some of Ove’s most significant scientific contributions have been recognised by leading journals such as Science and Nature (Hoegh-Guldberg and Bruno 2010; Hoegh-Guldberg et al. 2007; Hoegh-Guldberg et al. 2019a,b), scores of invited talks and plenaries over the past 20 years, plus his appointment as significant international roles e.g. Coordinating Lead Author of Chapter 30 (“The Oceans”) for the 5th Assessment Report, as well as Coordinating Lead Author for Chapter 3 (Impacts) on the special report on the implications of 1.5oC (for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC).
Ove is one of the most cited Australian science authors (and 3rd internationally of 53,136 authors) on “climate change” by Thomson-Reuter’s ISI Web of Science (details here) in 2009. This represents a group of less than 0.5% of all published scientific researchers in the world. This has been updated recently with Ove being a member of the top 0.01% most productive scientists globally (Ioannidis et al. 2019) PLoS biology, 17(8), p.e3000384.). Ove received numerous awards from Thomson Reuters (e.g. Citation Award Winner in Ecology Thomson Reuters Citation & Innovation Award in 2012). Ove’s H-index is 80 (Clarivate Analytics, Jan 2020) or 105 (Google Scholar) and he have received several awards from Thomson-Reuters and now Clarivate Analytics (see above). He has been awarded a Eureka Prize for his scientific research as well as a QLD Premier’s fellowship, and later ARC Laureate Fellow. He was elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 2013. He received the Prince Albert II 2014 Award for Climate Change, and the 2016 International Award from the Banksia Foundation. He has been recognised as a Highly Cited Researcher in 2001, 2014, 2018 and 2019 (top 1% of his field) and was listed among the 100 most influential people in Climate Policy globally (List available at Apolitical: (details here).
Listen to a recent interview of Ove by Jonica Newby for the ABC Science Show.
- Australian (born: 26/9/59, Sydney)
- 1989 Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles (supervisor: Leonard Muscatine)
- 1982 B.Sc. (Hons, 1st class) University of Sydney (supervisor: Rosaline Hinde)
- 2000-present Professor of Marine Studies, University of Queensland
- 2006-present Deputy Director, ARC Centre for Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
- 2016-present Affiliated Professor in Tropical Marine Biology, University of Copenhagen
- 2010–2019 Founder and Director, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland
- 2013-present Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
- 2016-2018 Coordinating Lead Author, Chapter 3 (‘Impacts’) of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Implications of the 1.5oC.
- 2018-present World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST); Appointed Commissioner by UNESCO Director-General
- 2016-2017 Member and drafting author, Preparation of a non-binding Declaration on the Ethical implications of climate change (accepted in 2018; UNESCO)
- 2016 Australian Delegate, IPCC Scoping meeting: Special Report on 1.5oC (Geneva)
- 2016 Australian Delegate, UN IPCC Scoping meeting: Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere (Monaco)
- 2015-present Independent Expert Panel for Great Barrier Reef 2050 (Chaired by Australian ex-Chief Scientist Prof Ian Chubb; reports to State & Federal Environment Ministers)
- 2018-present Partnership Management Committee, Great Barrier Reef Foundation
- 2019-present Lead Scientist and cofounder, Coral Reef Rescue Initiative, w/ WWF International
- 2013-2014 Chair, Blue Ribbon Panel (World Bank, DC) Global Partnership for Oceans
- 2015-2019 GBR Taskforce, water quality (Chair: QLD Chief scientist, Prof Geoff Garret)
- 2010-2014 Coordinating Lead Author, “The Ocean” Chapter, 5th Assessment Report,
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (United Nations, IPCC, Geneva)
- 2010 – 2014 Affiliated Researcher, Centre for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University
- 2014-present Chair, Technical Advisory Group, Great Barrier Reef Foundation
- 2012-2017 Chief Scientist, Catlin Seaview Survey (www.globalreefrecord.org)
- 2001-2010 Visiting Professor, Stanford University
- 2001-2010 Director and co-founder, Stanford University Australia Marine Studies Program
- 2010-2013 Senior Executive Management Committee, University of Queensland
- 2006-2012 Member, Board of Reviewing Editors, Science Magazine
- 2000-2009 Director and Founder, Centre for Marine Studies, University of Queensland
- 2001-2009 Chair, Climate Change and Coral health working group within CRTR GEF project.
- 2000-present: Member, International Scientific Advisory Committee, GBR Foundation
- 2004-2007 Member, Royal Society, London, Working Group on Ocean Acidification
- 2000-2009 Director, Heron Is, Low Isles and Morton Bay Research Stations
HONOURS AND AWARDS
- 2020 Australia Day Ambassador (appointed by Queensland Premier)
- 2019 Highly Cited Researcher (top 1% of field, preceding decade); Clarivate.
- 2019 Listed among the 100 most influential people in Climate Policy (Apolitical.co)
- 2017 Emmy Award winning film ‘Chasing Coral’ (Chief Scientific Advisor)
- 2016 Banksia Foundation International Award
- 2014 Prince Albert II of Monaco Climate Change Award
- 2014 American Society of Microbiologists, ASM Lecturer for 2014
- 2013 ARC Laureate Fellowship (2013-2018)
- 2008 Queensland 2008 Smart State Premier’s Fellow (2008 – 2013)
- 2011-2019 Highly Cited Researcher (Thomson Reuters, 4 awards, 13 HiCi papers)
- 2010 Thomson Reuters’ ISI Highly Cited Researchers (most cited Australian scientist in the area of Climate Change, 3rd most cited internationally; top cited Ecologist)
- 2009 Whitley Certificate of Commendation for book on Great Barrier Reef
- 2009 Thomson-Reuters’ ISI Hot Paper Award.
- 2009 Wesley College Foundation (University of Sydney) Medal 2009
- 1999 The 1999 Eureka Prize for Scientific Research
- 1996 University of Sydney Teaching Excellence Award
- 1989 University of California (UCLA) Distinguished Scholar Award
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES and BOARD MEMBERSHIP (examples only)
- Science Magazine (Board of Reviewing Editors, 2006-2012)
- Biodiversity Research Centre Academia Sinica, Taipei (Advisory Board; 2010 – present)
- Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, Bremen (Advisory Board; 2010 – present)
- International Symbiosis Society (Governing Councilor, 2004-2010)
SCIENCE COMMUNICATION AND OUTREACH (examples):
In addition to being dedicated to excellence in science and discovery, Hoegh-Guldberg is dedicated to communicating the messages of sciences, especially in terms of climate change and its effects on coral reefs and other ocean ecosystems. In this regard, Ove has worked on scores of documentaries with award-winning film-makers such as Sir David Attenborough, Richard Smith, and Jeff Orlowski to ensure that science is helping underpin public understanding and evidence-based decision making. Examples from many include:
- Sir David Attenborough: Death of the Oceans (click here)
- Sir David Attenborough: The Future Reef, (click here)
- Jeff Orlowsky: Chief Science Advisor, “Chasing Coral”, (Click here)
- Joshua Jackson: (Click here)
- TED talk: Sydney (Click here)
- ABC Australian Story: (Click here)
- Education series: (Click here)
- Underwater lectures: (Click here)
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Hoegh-Guldberg
- The GCI building: (Click here)
- UQ Solar: GCI project (Click here)
Hoegh-Guldberg has been cited 61,154 times (Google scholar) and has produced over 350 peer-reviewed publications (>35 in Science, Nature or PNAS) plus over 35 peer-reviewed book chapters and reports as well as 2 international patents. The second edition of the edited book (Hutching, Kingsford and Hoegh-Guldberg, “The Great Barrier Reef”, Springer/CSIRO Publishing; winner of a Whitley Award commendation in 2009) was published in 2019. As with the 1st edition, the royalties from the sales of this book are being donated to the Australian Coral Reef Society to fund research students. Scientific papers published by Ove cover significant contributions to the physiology, ecology, environmental politics, and climate change. Some of Ove’s most significant scientific contributions have been recognised recently through invited reviews by leading journals such as Science and Nature (Hoegh-Guldberg and Bruno 2010; Hoegh-Guldberg et al. 2007; Hoegh-Guldberg et al. 2019a,b), scores of invited talks and plenaries over the past 20 years, plus his appointment as significant international roles e.g. Coordinating Lead Author of Chapter 30 (“The Oceans”) for the 5th Assessment Report, as well as Coordinating Lead Author for Chapter 3 (Impacts) on the special report on the implications of 1.5oC (for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC). He is one of the most cited Australian science authors (and 3rd internationally of 53,136 authors) on “climate change” by Thomson-Reuter’s ISI Web of Science, http://archive.sciencewatch.com/ana/st/climate/authors/;) in 2009. This represents a group of less than 0.5% of all published researchers in the world. This has been updated recently with Ove being a member of the top 0.01% most productive scientists globally (Ioannidis et al. 2019) PLoS biology, 17(8), p.e3000384.). Ove received numerous awards from Thomson Reuters (e.g. Citation Award Winner in Ecology Thomson Reuters Citation & Innovation Award in 2012). Ove’s H-index is 80 (Clarivate Analytics, Jan 2020) or 105 (Google Scholar) and he have received several awards from Thomson-Reuters and now Clarivate Analytics (see above). Other contributions include over 35 book chapters and refereed reports, and 2 international patents (together A/Prof Sophie Dove) on a novel class of Green Fluorescent Pigments. He has received several major prizes, including the 1999 Eureka Prize for leading the discovery of the molecular mechanism behind mass coral bleaching and mortality (Hoegh-Guldberg and Jones 1999; Hoegh-Guldberg and Smith 1989; Hoegh-Guldberg and Smith 1989, Hoegh-Guldberg 1999) and the Banksia International Award and Prince Albert II Climate Change Awards for his work on global climate change on the coral reefs as well as marine ecosystems generally and the implications for people and societies (e.g. Hoegh-Guldberg et al. 2009, 2019a,b; see below).
RESEARCH TEAM MEMBERS
The research pursued and supervised by Ove has been powered by a talented group of students and scholars with interests spanning ocean warming and acidification, evolution, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology of plant-animal symbioses, coevolution, biology of hermatypic corals, calcification, coral bleaching, climate change, invertebrate larvae, physiology/biochemistry of larval development and climate change policy. Ove has supervised (as primary and secondary supervisor) over 65 research fellows, PhD and Honours students since 2000 plus scores of collaborations with leading scientists from over 30 countries.
Research Publications (>350 peer-reviewed articles, Google Scholar)
Sum of the Times Cited 38,428 (36,989 without self-citations)
Citing Articles: 24,685 (24,424 without self-citations):
Average Citations per Item: 117.16
Sum of the Times Cited: 61,154
Average Citations per Item: 69.47
Additional: Clarivate Analytics:
Hoegh-Guldberg was a Highly Cited author for the following years: 2001, 2014, 2018, and 2019, and has 13 articles in the Highly Cited category.
He is currently ranked in the top 0.01% of all scientists globally in terms of impact. Based on 7 million authors with at least 5 papers (and 35 million with at least one paper), Hoegh-Guldberg is currently ranked 2,020 for all-career and 993 for single recent year impact (Ioannidis et al. 2019, A standardized citation metrics author database annotated for scientific field. PLoS biology, 17(8), p.e3000384.) https://data.mendeley.com/datasets/btchxktzyw/1
Hoegh-Guldberg was also named one of the world’s top 100 most influential people in climate policy by Apolitical, joining David Attenborough, Greta Thunberg, Pope Francis, and former United States of America vice-president Al Gore among others (March 2019)
SELECTED publications from over 350 from career so far:
Hoegh-Guldberg, O. et al. (2019). The human imperative of stabilizing global climate change at 1.5°C. Science, 365(6459), p.eaaw6974.
Hoegh-Guldberg, O., Northrop, E. and Lubchenco, J., (2019). The ocean is key to achieving climate and societal goals. Science, 365:1372-1374.
Fine, M., Hoegh-Guldberg, O., Meroz-Fine, E. and Dove, S (2019). Ecological changes over 90 years at Low Isles on the Great Barrier Reef. Nature Communications, 10(1), pp.1-8.
Kline, D.I., Teneva, L., Okamoto, D.K., Schneider, K., Caldeira, K., Miard, T., Chai, A., Marker, M., Dunbar, R.B., Mitchell, B.G., Dove, S. and Hoegh-Guldberg, O. (2019). Living coral tissue slows skeletal dissolution related to ocean acidification. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 3(10), pp.1438-1444.
Harrould-Kolieb, E. R., and O. Hoegh-Guldberg. (2019). A governing framework for international ocean acidification policy. Marine Policy 102:10-20.
Hutchings, P., M. Kingsford, and O. Hoegh-Guldberg. 2019. Book: 1ST AND 2ND editions plus chapters: The Great Barrier Reef: biology, environment and management. CSIRO Publishing, Sydney Australia.
Hoegh-Guldberg. O., et al. 2019. ‘‘The Ocean as a Solution to Climate Change: Five Opportunities for Action.’’ Report. Washington, DC: World Resources Institute. Available online at http://www.oceanpanel.org/climate
Hoegh-Guldberg O., D. Jacob, M. Taylor et al. (2018) Impacts of 1.5ºC global warming on natural and human systems. In: Global warming of 1.5°C – an IPCC Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty (Ed Masson-Delmotte et al.; IPCC, Geneva)
Hoegh-Guldberg, O., E. V. Kennedy, H. L. Beyer, C. McClennen, and H. P. Possingham. (2018). Securing a Long-term Future for Coral Reefs. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 2438: 1-9.
Beyer et al. Hoegh-Guldberg (2018). Risk‐sensitive planning for conserving coral reefs under rapid climate change. Conservation Letters:e12587.
Seneviratne, S. I., J. Rogelj, R. Seferian, R. Wartenburger, M. R. Allen, M. Cain, R. J. Millar, K. L. Ebi, N. Ellis, O. Hoegh-Guldberg, A. J. Payne, C. F. Schleussner, P. Tschakert, and R. F. Warren. (2018). The many possible climates from the Paris Agreement’s aim of 1.5 degrees C warming. Nature 558:41-49.
Achlatis, M., M. Pernice, K. Green, P. Guagliardo, M.R. Kilburn, O. Hoegh-Guldberg and S. Dove (2018). Single-cell measurement of ammonium and bicarbonate uptake within a photosymbiotic bioeroding sponge. The ISME (Nature group). doi:10.1038/s41396-017-0044-2
González-Rivero M, Beijbom O, Rodriguez-Ramirez A, Holtrop T, González-Marrero Y, Ganase A, Roelfsema C, Phinn S, Hoegh-Guldberg O. Scaling up Ecological Measurements of Coral Reefs Using Semi-Automated Field Image Collection and Analysis. Remote Sensing. 2016 Jan 5;8(1):30.
Gattuso, J-P et al. (2015). Contrasting futures for ocean and society from different anthropogenic CO2 emissions scenarios. Science, 349(6243), p.aac4722, [citations: 401, 575]
Bongaerts, P., P. R. Frade, K. B. Hay, N. Englebert, K. R. Latijnhouwers, R. P. Bak, M. J. Vermeij, and O. Hoegh-Guldberg. (2015). Deep down on a Caribbean reef: lower mesophotic depths harbor a specialized coral-endosymbiont community. Scientific Reports 5.
Hoegh-Guldberg, O., R. Cai, E. S. Poloczanska, P. G. et al. (2014). Chapter 30. The Ocean. Pages 1655-1731 in V. R. Barros et al., Editors of ‘Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Part B: Regional Aspects. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, Geneva) [citations: 212, 280]
Hoegh-Guldberg, O. “Reviving the Ocean Economy: the case for action.” (WWF Int. major report, 2015).
Frade, P. R., P. Bongaerts, N. Englebert, A. Rogers, M. Gonzalez-Rivero, and O. Hoegh-Guldberg. (2018). Deep reefs of the Great Barrier Reef offer limited thermal refuge during mass coral bleaching. Nature communications 9: article 3447.
Field, Hoegh-Guldberg et al. (2014). United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Assessment report 5, Summary for Policymakers (AR5, Geneva)
Burrows et al. (2014) Geographical limits to species-range shifts are suggested by climate velocity. Nature 507:492-512.
Hoegh-Guldberg, O. (2014). Coral reef sustainability through adaptation: glimmer of hope or persistent mirage? Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 7:127-133.
Hoegh-Guldberg, O. (2014). Coral reefs in the Anthropocene: persistence or the end of the line? Geological Society, London, Special Publications 395:167-183.
Hansen James et al (2013). Assessing “Dangerous Climate Change”: Required Reduction of Carbon Emissions to Protect Young People, Future Generations and Nature. PLoS One 8.
Hoegh-Guldberg O, Aqorau T, Arnason R, Del Rio N, Demone H, Earle S, Feeley MH, Gutierrez D, Hilborn R (2013): “Indispensable Ocean: Aligning Ocean Health and Human Well-Being-Guidance from Blue Ribbon Panel to the Global Partnerships for Oceans”. World Bank, Washington DC).
Frieler, K., M. Meinshausen, A. Golly, M. Mengel, S. D. Donner, and O. Hoegh-Guldberg. (2013). Limiting global warming to 2oC is unlikely to save most coral reefs. Nature Climate Change 3:165-170.
Anthony, KR, Hoegh-Guldberg et al. (2011). Ocean acidification and warming will lower coral reef resilience. Global Change Biology 17:1798-1808 [citations: 665, 1072].
Hoegh-Guldberg, O., and J. F. Bruno. 2010. The Impact of Climate Change on the World’s Marine Ecosystems. Science 328:1523-1528. [citations: 1,129, 1933]
Bongaerts, P., T. Ridgway, E. M. Sampayo, and O. Hoegh-Guldberg. 2010. Assessing the ‘deep reef refugia’ hypothesis: focus on Caribbean reefs. Coral Reefs 29:309-327.
Veron, J. E. N., Hoegh-Guldberg, O et al. (2009). The coral reef crisis: The critical importance of < 350 ppm CO2. Marine Pollution Bulletin 58:1428-1436. [citations: 228, 509]
Rodriguez-Lanetty, M., S. Harii, and O. Hoegh-Guldberg. (2009). Early molecular responses of coral larvae to hyperthermal stress. Molecular Ecology 18:5101-5114.
Hoegh-Guldberg et al. (2008). Assisted colonization and rapid climate change. Science 321:345-346, [citations: 490, 804]
Hughes, T. P., M. J. Rodrigues, D. R. Bellwood, D. Ceccarelli, O. Hoegh-Guldberg, L. McCook, N. Moltschaniwskyj, M. S. Pratchett, R. S. Steneck, and B. Willis. 2007. Phase shifts, herbivory, and the resilience of coral reefs to climate change. Current Biology 17:360-365. [citations: 782, 1324]
Hoegh-Guldberg O, Mumby PJ, Hooten AJ, Steneck RS, Greenfield P, Gomez E, Harvell CD, Sale PF, Edwards AJ, Caldeira K, Knowlton N, Eakin CM, Iglesias-Prieto R, Muthiga N, Bradbury RH, Dubi A, Hatziolos ME (2007) Coral reefs under rapid climate change and ocean acidification. Science 318:1737-1742. )[citations: 2,870, 4807]
Donner, S. D., W. J. Skirving, C. M. Little, M. Oppenheimer, and O. Hoegh-Guldberg. 2005. Global assessment of coral bleaching and required rates of adaptation under climate change. Global Change Biology 11:2251-2265. [citations: 346, 621]
Hughes et al. (2003) Climate change, human impacts, and the resilience of coral reefs. Science 301:929-933)[citations: 2,140, 3757]
Walther, G. R., E. Post, P. Convey, A. Menzel, C. Parmesan, T. J. C. Beebee, J. M. Fromentin, O. Hoegh-Guldberg, and F. Bairlein. 2002. Ecological responses to recent climate change. Nature 416:389-395. [citations: 5,280, 9,244]
Hoegh-Guldberg, O., and R. J. Jones. (1999). Photoinhibition and photoprotection in symbiotic dinoflagellates from reef-building corals. Marine Ecology Progress Series 183:73-86.
Jones, R. J., O. Hoegh-Guldberg, A. W. D. Larkum, and U. Schreiber. (1998). Temperature-induced bleaching of corals begins with impairment of the CO2 fixation mechanism in zooxanthellae. Plant Cell and Environment 21:1219-1230. [citations: 397, 662]
Hoegh-Guldberg O, Salvat B (1995) Periodic mass bleaching and elevated sea temperatures – bleaching of the Outer Reef slope communities in Moorea, French Polynesia. Marine Ecology-Progress Series 121:181-190
Hoegh-Guldberg O, Pearse J (1995) Temperature, Food Availability, and the Development of Marine Invertebrate Larvae 1. Integrative and Comparative Biology 35:415-425
Hoegh-Guldberg, O., and G. J. Smith. (1989). The effect of sudden changes in temperature, light and solidity of the population density and export of zooxanthellae from the reef corals Stylophora pistillata (Esper) and Seriatopora hystrix (Dana). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 129:279-303. [citations: 369, 578]
Hoegh-Guldberg, O. (1999). Climate change, coral bleaching and the future of the world’s coral reefs. Marine and Freshwater Research 50:839-866)[citations: 2,078, 3,728]
FULL CV – MAY 2020