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Carlos Duarte

Adj/Prof Carlos Duarte

Director/Adjunct Professor
UWA Oceans Institute

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UWA Oceans Institute
The University of Western Australia (M470)
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+61 8 6488 8123
PhD McG.
Professor Carlos M. Duarte is Director of the Oceans Institute at The University of Western Australia and Research Professor with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA) in Mallorca, Spain.

Professor Duarte’s research focuses on understanding the effects of global change in aquatic ecosystems, both marine and freshwater. He has conducted research across Europe, South-East Asia, Cuba, México, USA, Australia, the Amazonia, the Arctic, the Southern Ocean, and the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans, spanning most of the marine ecosystem types, from near-shore to the deep sea.

Professor Duarte currently leads the Malaspina 2010 Expedition, a Spanish circumnavigation expedition that sailed the world's oceans to examine the impacts of global change on ocean ecosystems and explore their biodiversity (see

He is co-leader of a large EU-funded project on Arctic Tipping Points. He is also working closely with the United Nations (the United Nations Environment Programme and FAO) to develop strategies to increase the sustainable production of marine aquaculture, as well as the restoration and conservation of coastal habitats to mitigate climate change and protect coastlines.

Professor Duarte served as President of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography between 2007 and 2010. In 2009, was appointed member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC), the highest-level scientific committee at the European Level.

He has published more than 400 scientific papers and two books, and was editor-in-chief of Estuaries and Coasts, as well as associate editor for a number of journals.

He has received many honours 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 honour 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.
Key research
Marine ecology
Comparative analyses of ecosystems
Flow of carbon and metabolism in aquatic ecosystems
Role of marine biota in biogeochemical fluxes
Comparative analyses of phototrophic organisms
Microbial ecology
Approaches in ecology: Epistemological consequences, Interpreting natural variability,scaling ecological knowledge.
Global Carbon Cycling
Science in support of policy and management towards sustainable use of ecosystems
Global Change and aquatic ecosystems
Ocean Solutions to Humanity’s Grand Challenges

Agawin NSR, Tovar-Sanchez A, Alvarez M, Agustí S, Stal LJ and Duarte CM (2011). Low water column nitrogen fixation in the Mediterranean Sea (Basin-wide experimental evidence). Aquatic Microbial Ecology 64:135-147.

Aires T, Marbá N, Cunha RL, Kendrick GA, Walker DI, Serrao EA, Duarte CM, Arnaud-Haond S (2011). Evolutionary history of the seagrass genus Posidonia. Marine Ecology Progress Series 421: 117–130.

Arnaud-Haond S, Arrieta JM and Duarte CM (2011). Marine Biodiversity and Gene Patents. Science 331:1521-1522.

Burrows MT, Schoeman, DS, Buckley LB, Moore P, Poloczanska ES, Brander KM, Brown C, Bruno JF, Duarte CM, Halpern, BS, Holding J, Kappel CV, Kiessling W, O’Connor MI, Pandolfi JM, Parmesan C, Schwing F, Sydeman WF, Richardson AF ( 2011) The Pace of Shifting Climate in Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystems. Science 334: 652-655

Carstensen J, Sánchez-Camacho M, Duarte CM, Krause-Jensen D, Marba N (2011) Connecting the dots: responses of coastal ecosystems to changing nutrient concentrations. Environmental Science and Technology 45: 9122–9132

Duarte CM, Kennedy H, Marbà N, Hendriks I (2011) Assessing the capacity of seagrass meadows for carbon burial: current limitations and future strategies. Ocean & Coastal Management doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2011.09.001.

Garcías-Bonet N, Sherman TD, Duarte CM, Marbà N (2011).Distribution and pathogenicity of the protist Labyrinthula sp. in Western Mediterranean seagrass meadows. Estuaries and Coasts doi: 10.1007/s12237-011-9416-4.

Geertz-Hansen O, Montes C, Duarte CM, Sand-Jensen K, and Marbà N (2011). Ecosystem metabolism in a temporary Mediterranean marsh (Doñana National Park, SW Spain). Biogeosciences 8: 963-971.

Gutierrez‐Rodriguez A, Latasa M, Agustí S, Duarte CM ( 2011) Distribution and contribution of major phytoplankton groups to carbon cycling across contrasting conditions of the subtropical northeast Atlantic Ocean. Deep-Sea Research Part I doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2011.08.003.

Herrada A, Eguiluz VM, Hernandez-Garcia E and Duarte CM (2011). Scaling properties of protein family phylogenies. BMC Evolutionary Biology 11: 155.

Marotta H, Duarte CM, Guimaraes-Souza BA, Enrich-Prast A ( 2011) Synergistic control of CO2 emissions by fish and nutrients in a humic tropical lake. Oecologia DOI 10.1007/s00442-011-2131-9

Mcleod E, Chmura GL, Bouillon S, Salm R, Björk M, Duarte CM, Lovelock CE, Schlesinger WH, Silliman B (2011). A Blueprint for Blue Carbon: Towards an improved understanding of the role of vegetated coastal habitats in sequestering CO2. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment doi: 10.1890/110004.

Moalic Y, Arnaud-Haond S, Duarte CM, Rozenfeld AF, Bachraty C, Desbruyères D (2011). Biogeography revisited with network theory: retracing the history of hydrothermal vents community. Systematic Biology doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syr088.

Steckbauer A, Duarte CM, Carstensen J, Vaquer-Sunyer R and Conley DJ (2011). Ecosystem impacts of hypoxia: thresholds of hypoxia and pathways to recovery. Environmental Research Letters 6: 025003.

Vaquer-Sunyer R and Duarte CM (2011). Temperature effects on oxygen thresholds for hypoxia in marine benthic organisms. Global Change Biology 17(5): 1788-1797.

Varela-Álvarez, E, Rindi F, Cavas L, Serrão EA, Duarte CM and Marbá N (2011). Molecular identification of Halophila stipulacea from Turkey. Cahiers de Biologie Marine 52: 227-232.
Funding received
Malaspina Circumnavigation Expedition 2010: Global Change and Global Ocean Exploration
CONSOLIDER-2010, Ministry of Science and Innovation, Ref CSD2008-00 077
I.P. Carlos M. Duarte
Grant: € 4,300,000 (+ 2,000,000 from other sources)

Arctic Tipping Points, ATP
Framework Program 7, EU, contract number: 226248
IP: Carlos M. Duarte (general coordinator: Paul Wassman)
Grant: € 940,000 at CSIC
2009 - 2011
Current PhD Students

Elena Diaz Almela, "Population dynamics of the Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile." University of the Balearic Islands (in progress). Director: Carlos M. Duarte.

Raquel Vaquer Suner, "Global change, respiration and coastal hypoxia." University of the Balearic Islands (in progress). Director: Carlos M. Duarte.

Sergio Ruiz, "Volatile Organic Carbon Release by Marine Macrophytes." University of the Balearic Islands (in progress). Director: Carlos M. Duarte.

Pinho Luana Queiroz, "The influence of dissolved organic carbon concentration and quality on CO2 emissions and volatile organic carbon in tropical lakes" Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (in progress). Directors: Carlos M. Duarte, Alex H. Prast (in progress).

Johnna Holding, "Arctic Tipping points for metabolism." Ph.D. program in Global Change, CSIC-Univ. Menéndez Pelayo (in progress). Director: Carlos M. Duarte.

Alexandra Steckbauer, "Hypoxia in Mediterranean bays: Prevalence, dynamic and correlation to CO2 ." Ph.D. program in Global Change, CSIC-Univ. Menéndez Pelayo (in progress). Director: Carlos M. Duarte.

Eva Mayol, "Exchanges of microorganisms and carbon between the atmosphere and ocean: role in the dynamics of aerosols," ." Ph.D. program in Global Change, CSIC-Univ. Menéndez Pelayo (in progress). Director: Carlos M. Duarte.

Silvia Lara Garcia Corral, "Thermal regulation of ocean processes", ." Ph.D. program in Global Change, CSIC-Univ. Menéndez Pelayo (in progress). Directors: Carlos M. Duarte Lopez-Urrutia.

Amanda Metcalff, "Traceability isotope of carbon: implications for the geological storage of CO2," ." Ph.D. program in Global Change, CSIC-Univ. Menéndez Pelayo (in progress). Directors: Carlos M. Duarte and Antonio Delgado.

Mesa Elena Cano, "Stable isotopes in the ocean@, Ph.D. program in Global Change, CSIC-Univ. Menéndez Pelayo. Directors: Carlos M. Duarte and Antonio Delgado.

Laura Ramajo Gallardo, Plasticity in the shell of marine organisms driven by global change forcing”, @, Ph.D. program in Global Change, CSIC-Univ. Menéndez Pelayo. Director: Carlos M. Duarte.

Current Postdoctoral Fellows

Dra. Iris Hendriks (Netherlands) – 2004 –
Dr. Jesús M. Arrieta (Spain) – 2005 –
Dr. Burkhard Horstkotte (Alemania) – 2009 –
Dr. Stefan Gelcich (Reino Unido) – 2010 –
Dr. Ylva Olsen (Sweden) – 2010 –
Dr. Tommy Moore (USA) – 2011 –
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