Duarte, Carlos M.


Carlos M. Duarte

Born 27 June 1960 in Lisbon, Portugal, Spanish Citizen, Married, One daughter, he is Professor of Marine Science and holds the Tarek Ahmed Juffali Chair in Red Sea Ecology at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), in Saudi Arabia. Prof. Duarte is a world-wide leader in multiple branches of biological oceanography and marine ecology. 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.  His research is characterized by truly independence, creativity, serendipity and interdisciplinary linking of thought-to-be separate fields. 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. His contributions span from the development of “blue carbon” strategies, which have provided a strong impetus to the conservation of vegetated coastal ecosystems and strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change through the conservation of coastal ecosystems, to leading the Malaspina Circumnavigation Expedition, involving more than 500 scientists, that sailed the oceans between 2010 and 2011 to provide a global assessment of the deep-sea pelagic ecosystem.

He has published over 700 scientific papers and four books, and supervised a large of number of students and early career researchers. He is the only scientist not working in the US that was elected to serve as President of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, the largest professional society on marine sciences, and has received multiple awards and honors for his research contributions, include the Prix d’Excellence of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, the Carlo Heip Award for Outsanding Contributions to Marine Biodiversity Research, the G.E. Hutchinson, Vernadski and Blaise Pascal Medals, the National Research Award of Spain, and has received Honorary Doctorates from Utrecht University (The Netherlands) and the Université du Quebec a Montreal (Canada).  He is also a member a fellow of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, the Academia Europea, and the European Academy of Science and Technology, and served in the Scientific Council of the European Research Council, the highest-level committee governing research in Europe, between 2009 and 2013. He served as Director of the UWA Oceans Institute (2012-2015) and the Red Sea Research Center (2016-2018).