Following a Ph.D. in Limnology at McGill University (Montréal, Canada) under the supervision of Jacob Kalff, Duarte returned to Spain in 1987 for a postdoc at the Institute of Marine Sciences in Barcelona, Spain, where was appointed staff scientist in 1989 and moved though the ranks of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), to become a Research Professor at the Center for Advanced Studies in Blanes (Girona, Spain) in 1998. Since 1999, Duarte has worked at the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies Mallorca (IMEDEA), a joint research institute between CSIC and the University of the Balearic Islands that emphasizes interdisciplinary research on complex systems. Duarte is currently working in projects across Europe, SE Asia, Cuba, México, USA, Australia, the Arctic, the Southern Ocean, and the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans. Duarte’s research has resulted in over 280 scientific papers and two books, and has been recognized, among other honors, with the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography 2001 G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award, being identified as a Highly-Cited Scientist by the ISI (Philadelphia, USA), and appointed to the Academia Europaea in 2005. In 2006, Duarte was elected President of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography.
- BS 1982 (Environmental Biology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain)
- PhD 1987 (Limnology, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canadá)
Duarte’s research involves two nodes of separate but complementary interests, one on the metabolic and elemental budgets of aquatic ecosystems and their connectivity in space, and the other on the stability and dynamics of aquatic habitats, including demographics, space occupation and gene flow. This research, at the interface between biogeochemistry and community ecology, is conducted in continental aquatic ecosystems and marine ecosystems alike, thereby bridging limnology and oceanography. Currently, Duarte’s research emphasizes gaps in our understanding of carbon and metabolic budgets in aquatic ecosystems, nonlinear processes and thresholds in community responses to pressures, gene flow in population networks, and the role of science as a prospective platform to anticipate and generate the necessary knowledge for the challenges society will experience in the future, a role for which aquatic sciences are strategically poised.
Duarte, an ASLO member since 1985, served as Member-at-Large in ASLO’s Board of Directors from 2000-2003, and served as an Associate Editor for ''Limnology and Oceanography'' from 1997 to 2002. Duarte and Emilio Fernández proposed and then co-Chaired ASLO’s 2005 Summer Meeting in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Duarte was also a member of the scientific committees for ASLO’s 1999 winter meeting and 2001 summer meeting. Duarte has served in different ASLO committees, including the new awards ad-hoc committee (2004), the new awards ad-hoc committee (2004), the Martin Award Committee (2005-present), and ASLO’s Public Policy Committee (2002-present). Duarte is Editor-in-Chief of Estuaries (now ''Estuaries and Coasts''), ex-officio member of the Estuarine Research Federation Board of Directors (2002-present), and member of ERF’s Publications Committee. Duarte is member of the Editorial Board of 5 additional international journals. Duarte was appointed member of the Academia Europaea (2005-present), and serves in multiple national, European and international committees. Duarte teaches 3 graduate courses on aquatic ecology, has supervised 6 M.Sc. and 15 Ph.D. students (5 on-going) and mentored 10 postdoctoral fellows (4 current). Duarte has been appointed to the graduate faculties of the University of Florida and the University of Alabama (USA).
- Duarte, C.M., and S. Agustí. 1998. The CO2 balance of unproductive aquatic ecosystems. Science, 281:234-236.
- Duarte, C.M., S. Agustí, D. Vaqué, N.S.R. Agawin, J. Felipe, E.O. Casamayor, and J.M. Gasol. 2005. Experimental test of bacteria-phytoplankton coupling in the Southern Ocean. Limnology and Oceanography, 50:1844-1854.
- Del Giorgio, P.A., and C.M. Duarte. 2002. Respiration in the open ocean. Nature, 420:379-384.