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KAUST Prof. Carlos Duarte named as ASLO Fellow

November 28, 2016

The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography recently elected Carlos Duarte, Director of the Red Sea Research Center and the Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair in Red Sea Ecology in the University's Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE) division, an ASLO Fellow based on the sustained excellence of his contributions to ASLO and the aquatic sciences.

The Fellows program was initiated in 2015 to honor ASLO members who have advanced the aquatic sciences via their exceptional contributions to the benefit of the society and its publications, meetings and other activities. The 2016 Fellows will be honored at the ASLO Meeting in Honolulu, in February 2017.

"I have served as president-elect (elected), and the only non-American president thus far in the 80 year history of the society. I have also served as Member-at-Large (elected), as co-chair of one of the largest meetings thus far, as a member of various committees, as an associate editor of their main publication and I rank amongst the most published authors in that journal. I have also been recognized in the past with ASLO's Evelyn G. Hutchinson medal for scientific excellence. This level of service was thought to be worthy of my election as Sustaining Fellow," said Duarte.

Duarte recognized the role KAUST has played in helping to support this election, "Joining KAUST has certainly helped me raise the level of my research and my capacity to collaborate with others," he said.

He describes his latest research as focusing on the use of coastal ecosystems in support of climate change mitigation and adaptation and in exploring the functions and applications of the large pool of genes ocean microbes have evolved.

"Going forward, I would like to use the fundamental research I do as a platform to develop ocean-based solutions to the grand challenges humanity faces. I aspire to contribute to making an intelligent use of the oceans a key milestone of the 21st century," he added.
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More information about the ASLO (formerly known as the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography) and the Fellows program, can be found at: http://aslo.org/members/forms/fellows.php.

About Carlos Duarte

Carlos Duarte is the Director of the Red Sea Research Center and the Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair in Red Sea Ecology in the University's Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE) division. His research focuses on understanding the impacts of global change in marine ecosystems, and addressing all components from microbes to megafauna. His research is poised at the interface between Earth and sustainability science, and is increasingly comprised of interdisciplinary components.

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