Distinguished Professor of Marine Science, Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair in Red Sea Ecology
Building 2 (Ibn Al Haytham) West, Level 3, Room 3219
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.
Throughout his multifaceted research career, Duarte has participated in research expeditions all over the world from the tropics to both poles studying ecological systems, biogeochemical cycles, coastal systems, macrophytes, microbes, seagrasses and open ocean gyres. 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.
Duarte, who is the current Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair in Red Sea Ecology, has also served as the Director of the KAUST Red Sea Research Center (RSRC). Presently his research within the RSRC focuses on the pressing global marine science problems of our time. He also lends his expertise to many of the Kingdom's upcoming mega projects that revolve around the Red Sea and Vision 2030, including The Red Sea Project and NEOM.
Prof. Carlos Duarte is probably the most versatile aquatic ecologist of his generation, and was recognised as the top ranking marine bioogist in the world (SCOPUS) in 2021. His research is characterized by independence, creativity, serendipity and interdisciplinary linking, as well as the capacity to organize and collaborate with large interdisciplinary teams.
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.