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James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au

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Prof Terry Hughes receives honorary doctorate from Trinity

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Dec 2019

Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) Professor Terry Hughes was recently awarded an honorary Doctor in Science from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

Prof Hughes is a Trinity graduate recognised across the globe for his research on coral bleaching. He is founder and Director of Coral CoE, headquartered at James Cook University. The Centre is widely recognised as the world’s foremost authority on coral reef science and a hub for world-leading research.

In addition to his marine ecology and evolution research, Prof Hughes is passionate about social-ecological interactions—in particular, climate change. Prof Hughes is dubbed the “Reef Sentinel” by the prestigious journal Nature.

At the awards ceremony on 6 December 2019, the Public Orator stressed the societal impact of his work:

“His research of a lifetime speaks loud and clear: coral reefs were born after the last glacial period, and in the mere space of a century we have systematically destroyed Nature’s work of ten thousand years. His line of action is resolute. He is not afraid of challenging authorities on their ‘scientific illiteracy’ and irresponsible pursuit of economic interests, and he has braved difficulties and hostility.”

Prof Hughes accepts an honorary doctorate from Trinity College, 6 December 2019, for his work on coral bleaching as a consequence of human-induced climate change.
Prof Hughes accepts an honorary doctorate from Trinity College, 6 December 2019, for his work on coral bleaching as a consequence of human-induced climate change.

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ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au