Lecture: “Why should we worry about the ocean?”

Ove Hoegh GuldbergProf. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (BScHons., Sydney; PhD., UCLA) is the inaugural Director of the Global Change Institute and Professor of Marine Science, at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Prof. Hoegh-Guldberg is deeply-motivated by a desire to communicate science effectively, undertake game-changing research, and to find high-impact solutions to address several of the most pressing and serious challenges facing humanity worldwide, such as climate change, food security, clean energy, and population growth.

In this respect, Prof. Hoegh-Guldberg has actively collaborated with organizations 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.

Prof. Hoegh-Guldberg has worked extensively with the media, believing that scientists need to extend the impact of their science using the full set of communication options. He has published works that include more than 200 refereed publications and book chapters and is one of the most cited authors within the peer-reviewed literature on climate change and its impacts on natural ecosystems.

His interests in climate change has led to significant roles within the IPCC (coordinating lead author Chapter 30, “Open Oceans”) and other international organisations in his role as Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, and as 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.

As Director of the GCI Prof. Hoegh-Guldberg has a key role in engaging with the UQ community and external stakeholders to create opportunities and build strong external links and networks for the institute. He heads a large research laboratory (more than 30 researchers and students) that focuses on how global warming and ocean acidification are affecting and will affect coral reefs.

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg heads Program 4 and is Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. His research program receives considerable support from this important centre within Australian science.

Prof. Hoegh-Guldberg has held academic positions at UCLA, Stanford University,The University of Sydney, and The University of Queensland, and is a member of the Australian Climate Group; the Royal Society (London) Marine Advisory Network; and the Board of Editing Reviewers at Science Magazine. In 1999, he was awarded the Eureka Prize for his scientific research.  He is the Queensland Smart State Premier’s Fellow (2008-2013).  In 2012, he was awarded a Thomson Reuters Citation Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to research and was awarded an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship. He is also the Chief Scientist for the Catlin Seaview Survey of the Great Barrier Reef.