PhD (University of California)
Position: Professor / Director - Global Change Institute

Room: 714 Gehrmann Laboratories 60
Phone: +61 7 3365 1156


Research Interests

My research focuses on the biology of coral reefs, particularly how these vast ecosystems respond to global climate change and ocean acidification. So far, my published work has spans disciplines from molecular biology to ecology and remote sensing (see laboratory website for more details:, with a particular focus on integrating multiple perspectives to single problems. An example is my work on mass coral bleaching which is involved in identifying the molecular mechanisms associated with stress, verifying its association with warming seas, and investigating its impacts on reef ecosystems. While my much of my research occurs on Heron Island on the southern Great Barrier Reef, I have been heavily involved in research networks and activities from the Red Sea to the Caribbean, and been responsible for initiating global projects supported by the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility, and international education programs such as the Stanford Australia program which I directed and taught for almost 10 years. I am also interested in creating a better dialogue between scientists and wider society, particularly industry and policymakers, has led to work with organisations such as diverse as Rio Tinto, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, State and Federal governments, TNC and WWF. I also operate an active science blog ( and recently accepted the position of Director of the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland.


Selected Publications

Hoegh-Guldberg, O, and Bruno, J F (2010) The Impact of Climate Change on the World’s Marine Ecosystems. Science 328: 1523-1528

Hoegh-Guldberg O (2009) Climate change and coral reefs: Trojan horse or false prophecy? A response to Maynard et al. (2008). Coral Reefs 28: 569-575

Hoegh-Guldberg O, Hughes L, McIntyre S, Lindenmayer DB, Parmesan C, Possingham HP, Thomas CD (2008) Assisted colonization and rapid climate change. Science 321: 345-346

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

Hoegh-Guldberg O, Muller-Parker G, Cook CB, Gates RD, Gladfelter E, Trench RK, Weis VM (2007) Len Muscatine (1932-2007) and his contributions to the understanding of algal-invertebrate endosymbiosis. Coral Reefs 26: 731-739

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