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Dr. Carlos M. Duarte, Professor of Marine Science, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Dr. Carlos Duarte is a Professor of Marine Science at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, and serves as the Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair in Red Sea Ecology. He has worked in diverse ecosystems—from the tropics to the poles, from macrophytes to microbes, and from coastal systems to open ocean gyres—using a variety of approaches. His publications encompass many aspects of seagrass ecology, including population biology, genetics, depth and geographical distribution patterns, biogeochemical cycles, conservation strategies, and sensitivity towards climate change. Dr. Duarte will provide the event's closing keynote address.
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Leading members of The Pew Charitable Trusts will provide the Thursday morning plenary on The Role of NGOs in Seagrass Research and Conservation. Their work aims to protect important habitats such as deep-sea corals and seagrass meadows, as well as other valuable areas with diverse marine life; conserve and restore oysters; ensure sustainable fishing and robust marine food webs; promote an ecosystem-based approach in fisheries management plans; and safeguard marine resources for the benefit of coastal communities, fishermen, consumers, divers, boaters, and others, and for future generations.
Rich Batiuk spent more than three decades with U.S. EPA and the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership, where he led the integration of science into multi-partner collaborative decision-making. He was the principal architect of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, a groundbreaking pollutant accountability system spanning six states and the District of Columbia. Rich has led the development and expansion of one of the world's most comprehensive estuarine and watershed monitoring networks, designed to assess an array of water quality standards, environmental indicators and outcomes directly linked to management. He will be giving the Chesapeake Bay Plenary on 8 August, 2022.