Research Interests

​Prof. Carlos Duarte's research focuses on understanding the impacts of global change in marine ecosystems, addressing all components from microbes to megafauna. His research involves two nodes of separate but complementary interests: one on the metabolic and elemental budgets of marine ecosystems and their connectivity in space, and the other on the stability and dynamics of marine habitats and the maintenance of biodiversity, including demographics, space occupation and gene flow. ​

Selected Publications

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1987
  • B.Sc., Biology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, 1982

Professional Profile

  • ​ ​2015 – current: Professor and Tarek Ahmed Juffali Chair in Marine Ecology, Red Sea Research Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • 2014 – 2017: Adjunct Professor, University of Trømso, Norway
  • 2012 – 2015 :Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Marine Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • 2011 – 2015: Winthrop Professor and Director, The UWA Oceans Institute. Part time appointment 0.5 FTE
  • 1999 – cont.: Research Professor, IMEDEA, Spanish National Research Council, Mallorca, Spain, on leave since January 13, 2015).
  • 1989 – 1999: Research Scientist, Spanish National Research Council, CEAB, Blanes, Spain
  • 1987 – 1989 Post-doctoral Fellow, Spanish National Research Council, Barcelona, Spain​

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​​American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)


  • ​Prof. Duarte has received many honors for his work including the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award from the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (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) 2012
  • He has been named “Highly Cited Scientist”, recognizing him as one of the most influential scientists in the world by Thompson Reuters, both in 2005 and the 2014 update of the list. 

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Red Sea Research Center(RSRC)