People

Carlos M. Duarte

Principal Investigator
​​Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair in Red Sea Ecology, Associate Director Red Sea Research Center​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Introduction

Prof. Carlos Duarte is a world-wide leader in multiple branches of biological oceanography and marine ecology. He established himself very early in his career as the world-wide leading authority on the ecology of seagrass meadows. He published on all aspects of seagrass ecology, from population biology to genetics, from depth and geographical distribution patterns to their role in biogeochemical cycles, and from conservation strategies to their sensitivity towards climate change. Prof. Carlos Duarte is probably the most versatile aquatic ecologist of his generation: he works from the tropics to polar ecosystems, from macrophytes to microbes, from coastal systems to open ocean gyres using all type of approaches. Many of his synthesis papers have set the stage for the field; e.g. his work initiated the discussion on the heterotrophic nature of oligotrophic systems and identified the role of hypoxia thresholds for marine biodiversity. His research is characterized by independence, creativity, serendipity and interdisciplinary linking, as well as the capacity to organize and collaborate with large interdisciplinary teams. Prof. Duarte's research is also characterized by versatility addressing marine ecosystems from the tropics to polar ecosystems, from macrophytes to microbes, and from coastal systems to open ocean gyres using a broad range of approaches.​
He has been named “Highly Cited Scientist”, recognizing him as one of the most influential scientists in the world by Thompson Reuters, both in 2005 and the 2014 and 2015 updates of the list.

Research Interests

Prof. Carlos Duarte's research focuses on understanding the impacts of global change in marine ecosystems, addressing all components from microbes to megafauna. His research involves two nodes of separate but complementary interests: one on the metabolic and elemental budgets of marine ecosystems and their connectivity in space, and the other on the stability and dynamics of marine habitats and the maintenance of biodiversity, including demographics, space occupation and gene flow.​

Education

Ph.D., McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1987
B.Sc., Biology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, 1982

Professional Profile

  • Professor in Marine Science and Tarek Ahmed Juffali Chair in Marine Ecology, Red Sea Research Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (2015 - present)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Trømso, Norway (2014-2017)
  • Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Marine Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (2012 - 2015)
  • Winthrop Professor and Director, The UWA Oceans Institute (2011- 2015).  Part time appointment 0.5 FTE
  • Research Professor, IMEDEA, Spanish National Research Council, Mallorca, Spain (1999- cont., on leave since January 13, 2015).
  • Research Scientist, Spanish National Research Council, CEAB, Blanes, Spain (1989-1999)
  • Post Doctoral Fellow, Spanish National Research Council, Barcelona, Spain (1987-1989)​

Scientific and Professional Memberships

American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)

Awards

Duarte was elected President of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, serving as such between 2007 and 2010.  In 2009, he was appointed member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC), the highest-level scientific committee at the European Level, where he served until 2013. He is Editor in Chief of Frontiers in Marine Science (http://journal.frontiersin.org/journal/marine-science), and was editor-in-chief of Estuaries and Coasts, as well as associate editor for a number of journals. He has been named “Highly Cited Scientist”, recognizing him as one of the most influential scientists in the world by Thompson Reuters in 2005 and the 2014 and 2015 updates of the list. He has received many honors for his work including the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award from the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography in 2001, the National Science Award of Spain (2007) and the King James I Award for Research on Environmental Protection (2009).  In 2009, he received the Silver Medal Cross of Merit from the Guardia Civil, Spain, for his service to environmental protection. In 2011, he also received the Prix d’Excellence, the highest honor awarded by the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES). He has received honorary doctorates from the Université de Québec a Montrèal (Canada) in 2010 and Utrecht University (The Netherlands) in 2012.

KAUST Affiliations

  • Red Sea Research Center (RSRC) 
  • Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)