Widely regarded as one of the world's top marine ecologists (ranked No. 1 among marine researchers in various rankings and the 12th most influential climate scientist by Reuters), Carlos Manuel Duarte has conducted groundbreaking research on marine ecosystems on every continent and ocean. . Currently, Duarte is the holder of the Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair in Red Sea Ecology at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, Executive Director of CORDAP (Global Coral R&D Accelerator Platform) and Chief Scientist of Ocean US and Oceans 2050, programs dedicated to restoring the abundance of life in the oceans.
Throughout his research, Duarte has focused on understanding the effects of global change on marine ecosystems and developing nature-based solutions to global challenges, including climate change, developing evidence-based strategies to rebuild abundance. of marine life in 2050. In his research, Duarte demonstrated that mangroves, seagrass beds, and marshes are globally relevant carbon sinks and, together with different UN agencies, developed the term Blue Carbon, as a nature-based solution to climate change, which has catalyzed its global conservation and restoration.
In addition to having conducted research on all continents and oceans, Duarte has published more than 1,000 scientific articles and has received numerous awards and honors including the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award from the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography in 2001, the Alejandro National Award Malaspina for Research in the Environment of Spain (2007) and the Knowledge Award in Ecology and Conservation Biology (2020) by the BBVA Fronteras Foundation, among others. In addition, he has been appointed Academician of the Royal Academy of Sciences of Spain (2021) and is part of the Group of Experts that supports the High Level Group, which includes 12 heads of state, with proposals that develop the path towards an Ocean Economy. Sustainable.
Excerpts taken from Mad Blue 2023 website.