Ruben van Hooidonk

Research Highlights

Research Interests

Projecting climate change impacts on coral reefs and other marine organisms and ecosystems using both satellite data and data from global climate models.

Using satellite and global climate model data to facilitate assisted migration of corals.

Projecting climate change impacts, both from ocean acidification and temperature change on marine disease outbreaks using satellite and global climate model data.

Ruben van Hooidonk, Ph.D.

Assistant Scientist (University of Miami/CIMAS), Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division

4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149

“Using the latest climate models the projected year of annual severe bleaching is 2034; this is nine years earlier than was projected using the previous generation of climate models.”

Dr. Ruben van Hooidonk is an assistant scientist with the Cooperative Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School. He is interested in utilizing satellite data and data from global climate models to project risk and uncertainty for coral reefs under threat from climate change and ocean acidification. Van Hooidonk earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2009 and previously attended Utrecht University in the Netherlands where he earned his B.Sc and M.Sc.

Current Work

Assistant Scientist, Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division

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2004, MSc Biology, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

2009, Ph.D. Biology, Earth and Atmospheric Department of Purdue University, West-Lafayette, Indiana

  1. Cornwall, C.E., S. Comeau, S.D. Donner, C. Perry, J. Dunne, R. van Hooidonk, S. Ryan, and C.A. Logan. Coral adaptive capacity insufficient to halt global transition of coral reefs into net erosion under climate change. Global Change Biology, 29(11):3010-3018, 2023
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  2. Gove, J.M., J.A. Maynard, J. Lecky, D.P. Tracey, M.E. Allen, G.P. Asner, E. Conklin, C. Couch, K. Hum, R.J. Ingram, T.L. Kindinger, K. Leong, K.L.L. Oleson, E.K. Towle, R. van Hooidonk, G.J. Williams, and J. Hospital. 2022 ecosystem status report for Hawaiʻi. PIFSC Special Publication, SP-23-01, 91 pp., 2023
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  3. Johnson, J.E., D.J. Welch, R. van Hooidonk, D. Tracey, G. Chandrasa, B. Molinari, D. Triani, C. Tania, and H. Susanto. Climate change implications for the Arafura and Timor Seas region: Assessing vulnerability of marine systems to inform management and conservation. Climatic Change, 176:88, 2023
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Sustainability Award, Netherland-America Foundation 2015

In recognition of being an alumnus of the NAF-Fulbright Fellowship Program and dedication to the field of sustainability through research on coral reef ecosystems.

National Research Council Research Associate Fellowship 2010


Fulbright Grant to study in the USA 2005