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Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg
Coral Reef Ecosystems Lab
School of Biological Sciences
The University of Queensland
Gehrmann Laboratories (#60)
St Lucia QLD 4072 Australia

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Dr Guillermo Diaz-Pulido
Dr Simon Dunn
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Dr Mathieu Pernice
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People > Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

Position: ARC Laureate Fellow
Last update: 04-Jan-2013


Coral Reef Ecosystems

My early fascination with the ocean led to studies at the University of Sydney (BSc Hons) and UCLA (PhD). After returning from the United States in 1992, I took academic positions at the University of Sydney and the University of Queensland (2000). Over this period, I built up the Coral Reef Ecosystems group, pursuing questions from molecular to global scales. The full range of my research interests and laboratory group are detailed at this website and in my CV. I recently accepted the position of Director of the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland.

In addition to my love of science, I have been deeply motivated by the desire to communicate science effectively and to help solve the serious problems that ecosystems such as coral reefs face. In this respect I have actively collaborated with organisations such as the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Royal Society of London and World Bank, as well as advising government and business on the science and urgency associated with climate change. I have also worked extensively with the media, believing that scientists need to extend the impact of their science using the full set of communication options. This one of the primary reasons for why I maintain the active blog,

I am Deputy Director and Program 4 Leader of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. Our research program receives considerable support from this important centre within Australian science
Keywords: acidification, bleaching, climate change, connectivity, coral disease, coral physiology, ecology, genetics, IPCC, Symbiodinium


PhD Biological Sciences - University of California at Los Angeles (1989)
BSc(Hons) Marine Biology - University of Sydney (1982)


Wesley College Medal (2009), Smart State Premiers Fellowship (2008), Eureka Prize for Research (1999), Sydney University Award for Excellence in Teaching (1996), UCLA Distinguished Scholar Award (1988)


Englebert N, Bongaerts P, Muir P, Hay KB, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2014) Deepest zooxanthellate corals of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. MARINE BIODIVERSITY 1: 1-1

Bongaerts P, Frade PR, Ogier JJ, Hay KB, van Bleijswijk J, Englebert N, Vermeij MJH, Bak RPM, Visser PM, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2013) Sharing the slope: depth partitioning of agariciid corals and associated Symbiodinium across shallow and mesophotic habitats (2-60 m) on a Caribbean reef. BMC Evolutionary Biology - in press

Bongaerts P, Muir PR, Bridge TCL, Englebert N, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2013) Cyclone damage at mesophotic depths on Myrmidon Reef (GBR). CORAL REEFS - in press

Tonk L, Bongaerts P, Sampayo EM, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2013) SymbioGBR: a web-based database of Symbiodinium associated with cnidarian hosts on the Great Barrier Reef. BMC Ecology 13: 7-7

Tonk L, Sampayo EM, Magno-Canto M, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2013) Host-Specific Interactions with Environmental Factors Shape the Distribution of Symbiodinium across the Great Barrier Reef. PLoS One 8: 68533-68533

Fransolet D, Roberty S, Herman AC, Tonk L, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Plumier JC (2013) Increased Cell Proliferation and Mucocyte Density in the Sea Anemone Aiptasia pallida Recovering from Bleaching. PLoS One 8: 65015-65015

Rosic NN, Leggat W, Kaniewska P, Dove S, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2013) New-old hemoglobin-like proteins of symbiotic dinoflagellates. ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION 3: 822-834

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

Bongaerts P, Hoeksema BW, Hay KB, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2012) Mushroom corals overcome live burial through pulsed inflation. CORAL REEFS 2: 399-399

Dunn SR, Pernice M, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Dove S (2012) Thermal stress promotes mitochondrial degradation in symbiotic cnidarians: Are the batteries of the reef going to run out?. PLoS One 7: 39024-39024

Bongaerts P, Riginos C, Hay KB, Van Oppen MJH, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Dove S (2011) Adaptive divergence in a scleractinian coral: physiological adaptation of Seriatopora hystrix to shallow and deep reef habitats. BMC Evolutionary Biology 11: 303-303

Bongaerts P, Sampayo EM, Bridge TCL, Ridgway T, Vermeulen F, Englebert N, Webster JM, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2011) Symbiodinium diversity in mesophotic coral communities on the Great Barrier Reef: a first assessment. Marine Ecology Progress Series 439: 117-126

Bongaerts P, Bridge TCL, Kline DI, Muir PR, Wallace CC, Beaman RJ, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2011) Mesophotic coral ecosystems on the walls of Coral Sea atolls. CORAL REEFS 30: 335-335

Pernice M, Dunn SR, Miard T, Dufour S, Dove S, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2011) Regulation of Apoptotic Mediators Reveals Dynamic Responses to Thermal Stress in the Reef Building Coral Acropora millepora. PLoS One 6: 16095-16095

Mumby PJ, Iglesias-Prieto R, Hooten AJ, Sale PF, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Edwards AJ, Harvell CD, Gomez ED, Knowlton N, Hatziolos ME, Kyewalyanga MS, Muthiga N (2011) Revisiting climate thresholds and ecosystem collapse. FRONTIERS IN ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT 9: 94-96

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