climate change ecology coral health acidification symbiodinium bleaching coral coral physiology coral disease genetics functional genomics molecular mechanisms microbiology molecular evolution coral immunity taxonomy remote sensing maa connectivity

Lab members 10 / 37)

Ove Hoegh-GuldbergPim BongaertsSimon DunnSophie DoveNela Rosic
Linda TonkOlga PantosMathieu PernicePaulina KaniewskaJames Kar-Hei Fang

People updates

Linda Tonk  Linda Tonk on maternity leave (27-Mar-2014)

Aaron Chai  Aaron Chai Supervising Students and maintaining the upkeep of the Mesocosms Project (06-Nov-2013)

Dorothea Bender  Dorothea Bender SUBMITTED (23-Oct-2013)

Giovanni Bernal Carrillo  Giovanni Bernal Carrillo Currently in charge of Running and Maintaining the Mesocosms Project (29-Jun-2013)

Nela Rosic  Nela Rosic so happy after being awarded with UQ ECR Grant. (10-Feb-2013)

Francisco Vidal Ramirez  Francisco Vidal Ramirez PhD student (23-Oct-2012)

Mathieu Pernice  Mathieu Pernice is working on papers and grants (25-Jan-2011)

Alicia Crawley  Alicia Crawley is water-piking her samples from Lizard Island... smells great! (23-May-2010)

Olga Pantos  Olga Pantos reading about the oil spill (03-Apr-2010)

Relevant links

The University of Queensland

Global Change Institute (UQ)

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies


Welcome to the website for the Coral Reef Ecosystems (CRE) Laboratory, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia. Under the guidance of Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and Associate Professor Sophie Dove, the lab is conducting research into a variety of topics related to coral reef ecosystems. The lab is part of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and receives considerable support from this important centre within Australian science. The lab currently hosts 37 people from 17 different countries. This website gives access to their personal profiles and 337 of their peer-reviewed publications.

Latest news

Catlin Seaview Survey

 Launch of Catlin Seaview Survey 02-Mar-2012
The Catlin Seaview Survey was officially launched at the World Oceans Summit in Singapore. This pioneering scientific expedition aims to carry out a comprehensive study to document and reveal the composition and health of coral reefs on the Great Barrier Reef across an unprecedented depth range (0-100m). Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg will be Chief Scientist for the project, and lab member Pim Bongaerts will be leading the deep reef component of the study. For more information on the overall project visit the Catlin Seaview Survey website or see of the pilot imagery here.
More info: Catlin Seaview Survey page / Posted by Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

The ISME Journal

 New lab paper in The ISME Journal 29-Jan-2012
Lab member Mathieu Pernice and his colleagues published a paper in the prestigious ISME journal. In this study, he developed the use of high-resolution ion microprobe (NanoSIMS) analysis to image and quantify the dynamic incorporation of ammonium within the intact symbiosis between scleractinian corals and photosynthetic dinoflagellates. His results establish, for the first time, the relative capability of dinoflagellate and coral cells to assimilate nitrogen from seawater and indicate the potential of NanoSIMS to dramatically improve our understanding of the metabolic activities that lie at the very heart of coral reef ecosystems.
More info: The ISME Journal / Posted by Pim Bongaerts

Featured lab projects


Latest publications

 Mushroom corals overcome live burial through pulsed inflation (2012)
Bongaerts P, Hoeksema BW, Hay KB, Hoegh-Guldberg O

CORAL REEFS 2: 399-399

 Phylogenetic analysis of genes involved in mycosporine-like amino acid biosynthesis in symbiotic dinoflagellates (2012)
Rosic NN

Appl Microbiol Biotechnol - in press

 A single-cell view of ammonium assimilation in coral–dinoflagellate symbiosis (2012)
Pernice M, Meibom A, Van Den Heuvel A, Kopp C, Domart-Coulon I, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Dove S

The ISME Journal - in press


Latest OceanSpace report

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Lab publications

2014 1
2013 8
2012 7
2011 31

Latest blog posts (

    Australia suffers not only the loss of coral reefs.
    Research just in reveals that extreme events from climate change (2011-2017) have damaged 45% of Australia’s coastal habitats, including coral reefs, mangroves, kelp forests and seagrass.  These habitats provide food and shelter for a huge range of marine and estuarine species, including large fish, turtles and dugongs.  Vital for fisheries, these key habitats are also used and much …

    Tropical Coastal Ecosystems
    Free course begins next week! Take the challenge and understand problems and solutions to managing tropical coastal ecosystems.  Do you want to develop the skills and knowledge needed to help preserve tropical coastal ecosystems? These critical systems provide goods and services for hundreds of millions of people.  Human activities, however, are leading to their decline …

    The IPCC has spelled out the risks – now what do we do?
    Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland.  From The Conversation, March 31 2014. Despite the mounting evidence, there are still some who would deny the veracity of human-caused climate change and its potential to disrupt and harm our communities. Most dissenters rely on non-expert sources, which tend to have low grades of analysis, review and scientific integrity. Not …

Latest research snapshots

The ISME Journal
by Pim Bongaerts

The ISME Journal
by Linda Tonk

The ISME Journal
by Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

The ISME Journal
by Matheus A. Mello Athayde

The ISME Journal
by Catalina Reyes-Nivia

The ISME Journal
by Robert Mason

The ISME Journal
by Rachael Middlebrook

The ISME Journal
by James Kar-Hei Fang