A Professor of Marine Science at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has received the 2019 Ramon Margalef Prize in Ecology from the Generalitat of Catalonia. The international jury of the Ramon Margalef Prize has distinguished Professor Carlos Duarte as a world leader in marine ecology and biological oceanography, for his research into 'blue carbon.' His findings have been adopted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and are considered a fundamental contribution to mitigate the effects of Global Warming on our planet.
An international team of over 150 scientists from 26 countries have collated movement data from nearly 2,000 sharks tracked with satellite transmitter tags. The groundbreaking study, published in the journal Nature reports, revealed that even the remotest parts of the ocean appear to offer highly migratory sharks little refuge from industrialised fishing fleets.
Yi Mei Ng is a PhD candidate at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology under the co-supervision of Professor Takashi Gojobori and Dr. John Archer. She obtained her BSc degree from Monash University, Malaysia and MSc degree from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Her research interests include investigating and optimizing the physiology and molecular biology of new cyanobacteria strain to support its development as a new marine cell factory strain.
Robert completed his PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in computer science in 2009 at the University of Leipzig and the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology. He worked as postdoc at the European Bioinformatics Institute, University of Cambridge, and Aberystwyth University before joining KAUST in 2014.