The University of Western Australia has appointed renowned oceans researcher Professor Carlos Duarte as Director of the Oceans Institute at UWA. Duarte is currently leading the Malaspina 2010 Expedition, a Spanish circumnavigation expedition that is sailing the world’s oceans to examine the impacts of global change on ocean ecosystems and explore their biodiversity. He is one of the world’s foremost oceans researchers and is currently the head of the Department of Global Change Research at the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA) in Mallorca, Spain. His 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. As well as the Malaspina expedition, Duarte is also involved in several other international research projects and is working closely with the United Nations (the United Nations Environment Program and FAO) and the World Bank 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. Duarte has published more than 400 scientific papers and two books, and is editor-in-chief of Estuaries and Coasts, as well as associate editor for a number of journals.
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