Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is Professor of Marine Science and Director of the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland. Ove leads a research group that is investigating the impacts of ocean warming and acidification on coral reef ecosystems. In addition to his research interests, Ove was the Coordinating Lead Author for the regional ‘Oceans’ chapter for the Fifth Assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and chair of the Blue Ribbon Panel for the Global Partnership for Oceans. He has been awarded a Eureka Prize for his scientific research, the QLD Premier’s Fellowship, and is currently an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow. Ove is also a member of the Australian Academy of Science and in late 2014, was awarded the Prince Albert II of Monaco Climate Change Award.