Extreme E has expanded its Scientific Committee with the addition of Professor Carlos Duarte, one of the world’s leading minds in marine ecosystems.
His designation comes ahead of the opening race in Saudi Arabia, as the series reinforces his commitment to raising awareness of the climate issues facing the venues where the competition is held.
Alejandro Agag, CEO and Founder of Extreme E, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Professor Carlos Duarte to the Extreme E Scientific Committee”.
“As one of the most qualified and respected marine biologists on the planet, who has a precise understanding in Red Sea Ecology, we are thrilled he accepted our invitation to join the Extreme E family. We look forward to sharing his knowledge as we aim to deliver on our commitment to use our sport to raise awareness of these important issues,” added.
Who is Carlos Duarte?
Distinguished Professor Duarte resides at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and holds the Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair in Red Sea Ecology, putting him in a perfect position to advise Extreme E in the lead up to his X Prix of the Lac Rose, Senegal.
During his decades of dedication to ocean health, Professor Duarte has published more than 900 scientific papers and has been ranked in the top one percent of highly cited scientists by Thompson Reuters.
He has also received numerous accolades, including the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award from the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography in 2001, the National Science Award of Spain in 2007 and, more recently, the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology and Biology Conservation.
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His research focuses on understanding the effects of global change on marine ecosystems and developing nature-based solutions to global challenges, including climate change, and evidence-based strategies, which aim to help rebuild the abundance of marine life by 2050.
“I am delighted and honoured to join Extreme E’s Scientific Committee. The potential of Extreme E to elicit solution-driven action at the biodiversity-climate interface is immense, by engaging audience through sports into imagining a shared vision for a sustainable planet,” said Duarte for Extreme E.
Written by I Jhonattan González