Carlos M. Duarte

Distinguished Professor of Marine Science, Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair in Red Sea Ecology

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

  • Rebuilding marine life. Duarte, C. M., Agusti, S., Barbier, E., Britten, G. L., Castilla, J. C., Gattuso, J. -., ...Worm, B. Nature, 580(7801), 39-51, (2020).
  • Defining CO2 and O2 syndromes of marine biomes in the Anthropocene. Klein, S. G., Steckbauer, A., & Duarte, C. M. Global Change Biology, 26(2), 355-363, (2020).
  • The future of blue carbon science. Macreadie, P. I., Anton, A., Raven, J. A., Beaumont, N., Connolly, R. M., Friess, D. A., ...Duarte, C. M. Nature Communications, 10(1), (2019). 
  • Important contribution of macroalgae to oceanic carbon sequestration. Ortega, A., Geraldi, N. R., Alam, I., Kamau, A. A., Acinas, S. G., Logares, R., ...Duarte, C. M. Nature Geoscience, 12(9), 748-754, (2019).
  • Role of carbonate burial in blue carbon budgets. Saderne, V., Geraldi, N. R., Macreadie, P. I., Maher, D. T., Middelburg, J. J., Serrano, O., ...Duarte, C. M. Nature Communications, 10(1), (2019).
  • A marine heatwave drives massive losses from the world’s largest seagrass carbon stocks. Arias-Ortiz, A., Serrano, O., Masqué, P., Lavery, P. S., Mueller, U., Kendrick, G. A., ...Duarte, C. M. Nature Climate Change, 1-7, (2018).
  • Microplastic in the gastrointestinal tract of fishes along the Saudi Arabian Red Sea coast. Baalkhuyur, F. M., Bin Dohaish, E. -. A., Elhalwagy, M. E. A., Alikunhi, N. M., AlSuwailem, A. M., Røstad, A., ...Duarte, C. M. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 131, 407-415, (2018).


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

Professional Profile

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

KAUST Affiliations

  • Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
  • Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)
  • Marine Science Program