Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg s Professor and Director of the Centre for Marine Studies at the University of Queensland. He completed his BSc. Hons at the University of Sydney and PhD at UCLA in 1989, and was recognized in 1999 with the Eureka prize for Research into the physiological mechanisms of coral bleaching. Specialising in the impact of climate change on biological systems, Professor Hoegh-Guldberg has worked in polar, temperate and tropical regions, and is well-known for his work on the impacts of ocean warming and acidification on coral reefs. He is currently a Queensland Smart State Premier’s fellow, and holds positions as reviewing editor at Science Magazine and chair of the World Bank/GEF working group on coral reefs and climate change.

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John Bruno

John Bruno is an Associate Professor of Marine Ecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  John grew up in south Florida and began snorkeling on reefs in the Florida Keys with his family in 1972.  John is a marine ecologist and conservation biologist.  Research in the Bruno lab is focused on understanding and conserving the structure and dynamics of marine communities.  Lab members work in a variety of marine habitats including coral reefs, coastal wetlands, oyster reefs, sea grass beds, and other estuarine habitats. Current projects in the Bruno lab include investigations of the link between rising ocean temperatures and regional-scale coral disease epidemics, the importance of predator biodiversity in food webs, and the dispersal and meta-community dynamics of marine plants and animals.  John earned his Ph.D. from Brown University in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University.  For more information on and pictures of his current research, visit the Bruno lab webpage.

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Chris McGrath

Dr Chris McGrath is a Brisbane barrister practising in environmental law and a researcher on environmental policy. His PhD considered laws protecting the Great Barrier Reef. He is a presenter for the Al Gore Climate Project. His website at provides simple explanations of environmental law and litigation in Australia, particularly Queensland. He was born and raised in the Whitsundays and is a keen bushwalker and kayaker.

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Charlie Veron

Charlie Veron is best known as the author of the three volume Corals of the World, and is the author of 100 scientific articles, including 14 books and monographs, on subjects ranging from climate change, molecular biology, palaeontology, coral identification, biogeography, coral reefs, conservation, marine science policy, marine science history, cell biology, reptilian physiology and biography. He is former Chief Scientist of the Australian Institute of Marine Science. He has been the recipient of the Darwin Medal, the Silver Jubilee Pin of the Australian Marine Sciences Association, the Australasian Science Prize, the Whitley Medal and received special mention in the Eureka Awards. He has discovered and described 20% of all coral species of the world. He has worked in all the major coral reef regions of the world, participating in 66 expeditions and spending 7,000 hours scuba diving. He continues to work in many different fields although he now concentrates on conservation and the effects of climate change on coral reefs.

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