The University of Western Australia has appointed renowned oceans researcher Professor Carlos Duarte as Director of the Oceans Institute.


Professor 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.


Professor Duarte is one of the world's foremost oceans researchers.  He 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.