The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) has awarded its converted Prix d’Excellence to Professor Carlos M. Duarte, Director of the University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute.


Professor Duarte received the award for his extensive work in ocean biodiversity exploration and studying of the impacts of climate change on ocean ecosystems.


"I feel greatly honoured," Professor Duarte said.  "This award recognises the research my collaborators and I have conducted and shows that the vision of the UWA Oceans Institute - to provide ocean solutions for humanity's grand challenges - is shared and appreciated by our peers."


ICES Awards Committee Chair Dr Edward Houde said Professor Duarte was an outstanding marine ecologist who has made many valuable contributions to marine science and oceanography.


Founded in 1902, ICES is a network of more than 1600 scientists from 200 institutes and 20 member countries dedicated to promoting marine research in the North Atlantic and adjacent seas.


Professor Duarte 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.


He also heads the Department of Global Change Research at the Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Studies in Mallorca, Spain, and is a member of the European Research Council.