WCMB 2018: 1st recipient of Carlo Heip Award announced

WCMB 2018: 1st recipient of Carlo Heip Award announced

The Carlo Heip International Award for outstanding accomplishments in marine biodiversity science was inaugurated in recognition of Carlo Heip’s leadership in marine biodiversity research and founding of the ‘World Conference on Marine Biodiversity’. http://www.wcmb2018.org/carlo-heip-award.html

After reviewing 9 outstanding nominations, the IABO nominated jury made the award to Carlos Duarte:

1st Carlo Heip Award Recipient

Prof. Carlos M. Duarte, Director of the Red Sea Research Center and Tarek Ahmed Juffalli Chair in Red Sea Ecology of King Abdullah University of Science Technology of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been selected as the first recipient of the Carlo Heip Award. He is a world-wide leading authority on seagrasses. He has published on all aspects of seagrass ecology, from population biology to genetics, from depth and geographical distribution patterns to their role in biogeochemical cycles, and from conservation strategies to their sensitivity towards climate change. His pioneering work on seagrasses and other vegetated systems eventually led – in collaboration with different UN agencies – to the development of “blue carbon” strategies, which has provided a strong impetus to the conservation of vegetated coastal ecosystems.

Carlos may be the most versatile aquatic ecologist of his generation: he works from the tropics to polar ecosystems, from macrophytes to microbes, from coastal systems to open ocean gyres using all type of approaches. His research is characterized by independence, creativity, serendipity and interdisciplinary linking of thought-to-be separate fields. Many of his synthesis papers have set the stage for the field; e.g. his work initiated the discussion on the heterotrophic nature of oligotrophic systems and identified the role of hypoxia thresholds for marine biodiversity. To date, he has over 630 publications cited 42,000 times. As was Carlo Heip, he has been listed amongst the mostly highly cited scientists by Thomson Reuters.

Recognizing the many gaps in our understanding of the deep-sea pelagic ecosystem, Duarte lead the Malaspina Circumnavigation Expedition, involving more than 500 scientists, and that sailed the oceans between 2010 and 2011 to provide a global assessment of the deep- sea biodiversity and functioning. Other leadership service roles included editing journals, being a member of numerous international scientific committees, and being President of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography.

During the last decade, his publications have been instrumental to advance our understanding of the impact of climate change on marine ecosystems, organisms and biodiversity. He has also contributed original work to science in support of policy and management towards sustainable use of ecosystems.

Finally, Carlos Duarte together with the late Carlo Heip initiated the World Marine Biodiversity Conference series and organized and chaired the first of these conferences in Valencia.

Carlos will be a keynote speaker at the WCMB in Montreal 13-16th May 2018. All WCMB delegates are invited to the Carlo Heip Award ceremony on Tuesday evening 15th May 2018.

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Dr Mark J. Costello, Institute of Marine Science,
Science Building 302, Level 3, Room 315, 23 Symonds Street,
University of Auckland, P. Bag 92019,
Auckland 1142, New Zealand.

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