Carlos Duarte Quesada

Professor, PhD McG.

  • The University of Western Australia (M470), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 24339 Citations
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Personal profile


Professor Carlos M. Duarte is Director of the Oceans Institute at The University of Western Australia and Research Professor with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA) in Mallorca, Spain.

Professor Duarte’s research focuses on understanding the effects of global change in aquatic ecosystems, both marine and freshwater. He has conducted research across Europe, South-East Asia, Cuba, México, USA, Australia, the Amazonia, the Arctic, the Southern Ocean, and the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans, spanning most of the marine ecosystem types, from near-shore to the deep sea.

Professor Duarte currently leads the Malaspina 2010 Expedition, a Spanish circumnavigation expedition that sailed the world's oceans to examine the impacts of global change on ocean ecosystems and explore their biodiversity (see

He is co-leader of a large EU-funded project on Arctic Tipping Points. He is also working closely with the United Nations (the United Nations Environment Programme and FAO) to develop strategies to increase the sustainable production of marine aquaculture, as well as the restoration and conservation of coastal habitats to mitigate climate change and protect coastlines.

Professor Duarte served as President of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography between 2007 and 2010. In 2009, was appointed member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC), the highest-level scientific committee at the European Level.

He has published more than 400 scientific papers and two books, and was editor-in-chief of Estuaries and Coasts, as well as associate editor for a number of journals.

He has received many honours for his work including the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award from the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography in 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) in 2012.

Funding overview

Malaspina Circumnavigation Expedition 2010: Global Change and Global Ocean Exploration
CONSOLIDER-2010, Ministry of Science and Innovation, Ref CSD2008-00 077
I.P. Carlos M. Duarte
Grant: € 4,300,000 (+ 2,000,000 from other sources)

Arctic Tipping Points, ATP
Framework Program 7, EU, contract number: 226248
IP: Carlos M. Duarte (general coordinator: Paul Wassman)
Grant: € 940,000 at CSIC
2009 - 2011

Teaching overview

Current PhD Students

Elena Diaz Almela, "Population dynamics of the Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile." University of the Balearic Islands (in progress). Director: Carlos M. Duarte.

Raquel Vaquer Suner, "Global change, respiration and coastal hypoxia." University of the Balearic Islands (in progress). Director: Carlos M. Duarte.

Sergio Ruiz, "Volatile Organic Carbon Release by Marine Macrophytes." University of the Balearic Islands (in progress). Director: Carlos M. Duarte.

Pinho Luana Queiroz, "The influence of dissolved organic carbon concentration and quality on CO2 emissions and volatile organic carbon in tropical lakes" Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (in progress). Directors: Carlos M. Duarte, Alex H. Prast (in progress).

Johnna Holding, "Arctic Tipping points for metabolism." Ph.D. program in Global Change, CSIC-Univ. Menéndez Pelayo (in progress). Director: Carlos M. Duarte.

Alexandra Steckbauer, "Hypoxia in Mediterranean bays: Prevalence, dynamic and correlation to CO2 ." Ph.D. program in Global Change, CSIC-Univ. Menéndez Pelayo (in progress). Director: Carlos M. Duarte.

Eva Mayol, "Exchanges of microorganisms and carbon between the atmosphere and ocean: role in the dynamics of aerosols," ." Ph.D. program in Global Change, CSIC-Univ. Menéndez Pelayo (in progress). Director: Carlos M. Duarte.

Silvia Lara Garcia Corral, "Thermal regulation of ocean processes", ." Ph.D. program in Global Change, CSIC-Univ. Menéndez Pelayo (in progress). Directors: Carlos M. Duarte Lopez-Urrutia.

Amanda Metcalff, "Traceability isotope of carbon: implications for the geological storage of CO2," ." Ph.D. program in Global Change, CSIC-Univ. Menéndez Pelayo (in progress). Directors: Carlos M. Duarte and Antonio Delgado.

Mesa Elena Cano, "Stable isotopes in the ocean@, Ph.D. program in Global Change, CSIC-Univ. Menéndez Pelayo. Directors: Carlos M. Duarte and Antonio Delgado.

Laura Ramajo Gallardo, Plasticity in the shell of marine organisms driven by global change forcing”, @, Ph.D. program in Global Change, CSIC-Univ. Menéndez Pelayo. Director: Carlos M. Duarte.

Current Postdoctoral Fellows

Dra. Iris Hendriks (Netherlands) – 2004 –
Dr. Jesús M. Arrieta (Spain) – 2005 –
Dr. Burkhard Horstkotte (Alemania) – 2009 –
Dr. Stefan Gelcich (Reino Unido) – 2010 –
Dr. Ylva Olsen (Sweden) – 2010 –
Dr. Tommy Moore (USA) – 2011 –


Marine ecology
Comparative analyses of ecosystems
Flow of carbon and metabolism in aquatic ecosystems
Role of marine biota in biogeochemical fluxes
Comparative analyses of phototrophic organisms
Microbial ecology
Approaches in ecology: Epistemological consequences, Interpreting natural variability,scaling ecological knowledge.
Global Carbon Cycling
Science in support of policy and management towards sustainable use of ecosystems
Global Change and aquatic ecosystems
Ocean Solutions to Humanity’s Grand Challenges

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Research Output 2005 2019

Australian vegetated coastal ecosystems as global hotspots for climate change mitigation

Serrano, O., Lovelock, C. E., B Atwood, T., Macreadie, P. I., Canto, R., Phinn, S., Arias-Ortiz, A., Bai, L., Baldock, J., Bedulli, C., Carnell, P., Connolly, R. M., Donaldson, P., Esteban, A., Ewers Lewis, C. J., Eyre, B. D., Hayes, M. A., Horwitz, P., Hutley, L. B., Kavazos, C. R. J. & 25 othersKelleway, J. J., Kendrick, G. A., Kilminster, K., Lafratta, A., Lee, S., Lavery, P. S., Maher, D. T., Marbà, N., Masque, P., Mateo, M. A., Mount, R., Ralph, P. J., Roelfsema, C., Rozaimi, M., Ruhon, R., Salinas, C., Samper-Villarreal, J., Sanderman, J., J Sanders, C., Santos, I., Sharples, C., Steven, A. D. L., Cannard, T., Trevathan-Tackett, S. M. & Duarte, C. M., 2 Oct 2019, In : Nature Communications. 10, 1, 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
variable cycle engines
Climate Change
climate change
Gas emissions
20 Citations (Scopus)

Convergence of marine megafauna movement patterns in coastal and open oceans

Sequeira, A. M. M., Rodríguez, J. P., Eguíluz, V. M., Harcourt, R., Hindell, M., Sims, D. W., Duarte, C. M., Costa, D. P., Fernández-Gracia, J., Ferreira, L. C., Hays, G. C., Heupel, M. R., Meekan, M. G., Aven, A., Bailleul, F., Baylis, A. M. M., Berumen, M. L., Braun, C. D., Burns, J., Caley, M. J. & 38 othersCampbell, R., Carmichael, R. H., Clua, E., Einoder, L. D., Friedlaender, A., Goebel, M. E., Goldsworthy, S. D., Guinet, C., Gunn, J., Hamer, D., Hammerschlag, N., Hammill, M., Hückstädt, L. A., Humphries, N. E., Lea, M-A., Lowther, A., Mackay, A., McHuron, E., McKenzie, J., McLeay, L., McMahon, C. R., Mengersen, K., Muelbert, M. M. C., Pagano, A. M., Page, B., Queiroz, N., Robinson, P. W., Shaffer, S. A., Shivji, M., Skomal, G. B., Thorrold, S. R., Villegas-Amtmann, S., Weise, M., Wells, R., Wetherbee, B., Wiebkin, A., Wienecke, B. & Thums, M., Mar 2018, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 115, 12, p. 3072-3077 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Oceans and Seas
Ice Cover
140 Downloads (Pure)
El Nino
sea level

Remote sensing mapping of macroalgal farms by modifying thresholds in the classification tree

Zheng, Y., Duarte, C. M., Chen, J., Li, D., Lou, Z. & Wu, J., 4 Jun 2018, In : Geocarto International. p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

remote sensing
coastal zone
4 Citations (Scopus)

Reviews and syntheses: 210Pb-derived sediment and carbon accumulation rates in vegetated coastal ecosystems - Setting the record straight

Arias-Ortiz, A., Masqué, P., Garcia-Orellana, J., Serrano, O., Mazarrasa, I., Marbá, N., Lovelock, C. E., Lavery, P. S. & Duarte, C. M., 15 Nov 2018, In : Biogeosciences. 15, 22, p. 6791-6818 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
accumulation rate


Data from: Sensitivity and acclimation of three canopy-forming seaweeds to UVB radiation and warming

Xiao, X. (Creator), de Bettignies, T. (Creator), Olsen, Y. (Creator), Agustí, S. (Creator), Duarte Quesada, C. (Creator), Wernberg, T. (Creator), Dryad Digital Repository, 23 Dec 2015


Projects 2012 2015