Carlos M. Duarte

Professor, Marine Science
Director, Red Sea Research Center
Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair in Red Sea Ecology
Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division
Center membership : 
Red Sea Research Center


Education Profile

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

Research Interests

Professor Carlos Duarte's research focuses on understanding the impacts of global change in marine ecosystems, and addressing all components -- spanning 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. His research is poised at the interface between Earth and Sustainability Science, increasingly involving interdisciplinary components.

Selected Publications

  • Marbà, N., A. Arias-Ortiz, P. Masqué, G. A. Kendrick, I. Mazarrasa, G. R. Bastyan, J. Garcia-Orellana and C. M. Duarte. 2015. Impact of seagrass loss and subsequent revegetation on carbon sequestration and stocks. Journal of Ecology DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12370.
  • Basso, L., I. E. Hendriks, A. B. Rodríguez-Navarro, M. C. Gambi, and C. M. Duarte. 2015. Extreme pH conditions at a natural CO2 vent system (Italy) affect growth, and survival of juvenile pen shells (Pinna nobilis). Estuaries and Coasts 10.1007/s12237-014-9936-9.
  • Olsen, Y.S., M. Potouroglou, N. Garcias Bonet, and C. M. Duarte. 2015. Climate change warming alleviates pathogen pressure on a climate-vulnerable species Posidonia oceanica. Estuaries and Coasts Estuaries and Coasts 38:659–667
  • Varela-Álvarez, E., A. C. Balau, N. Marbà, J. Afonso-Carrillo, C. M. Duarte, and E.A. Serrão. 2014. Genetic diversity and biogegraphical patterns of Caulerpa prolifera across the Mediterranean and Mediterranean/Atlantic transition zone. Marine Biology 162: 557-569
  • Duarte, C.M. 2015. Seafaring in the 21st Century: The Malaspina 2010 Circumnavigation Expedition. Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin 24:11-14.
  • Basso, L., I. E. Hendriks, and C. M. Duarte. 2015. Juvenile Pen Shells (Pinna nobilis) Tolerate Acidification but Are Vulnerable to Warming." Estuaries and Coasts 10.1007/s12237-015-9948-0.
  • Duarte, C.M., R.W. Fulweiler, C.E. Lovelock, P. Martinetto, M.I. Saunders, J.M. Pandolfi, S. Gelcich and S. Nixon. 2015. Reconsidering Ocean Calamities. BioScience, 65: 130-139.
  • Editor’s Choice, February 2015 issue, Highlighted in the section “This week Editorials” in Nature (vol 244, 15 January 2015) and in the Nature News article: Ocean 'calamities' oversold, say researchers (14 January 2015)
  • Arrieta, J.M., E. Mayol, R. L. Hansman, G. J. Herndl, T. Dittmar, and C.M. Duarte. 2015. Dilution limits dissolved organic carbon utilization in the deep ocean. Science 10.1126/science.1258955.
  • Al-Aidaroos, A.M., M. M. O. El-Sherbiny, S. Satheesh, G. Mantha, S. Agustī, B. Carreja and C. M. Duarte. 2015. Strong sensitivity of Red Sea zooplankton to UV-B radiation. Estuaries and Coasts 38, 846-853.
  • Coello-Camba, A., S. Agustí, D. Vaqué, J. Holding, J. M. Arrieta, P. Wassmann and C.M. Duarte. 2015. Experimental Assessment of Temperature Thresholds for Arctic Phytoplankton Communities. Estuaries and Coasts 38:873–885
  • Cózar, A., M. Sanz-Martín, E. Martí, J. I. González-Gordillo, B. Ubeda, J. Á. Gálvez, X. Irigoien, and C. M. Duarte. 2015. Plastic accumulation in the Mediterranean Sea. PLoS ONE 10: e0121762. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0121762
  • Highlighted in Science News