King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

The Global Studies Institute supports a strategic institutional partnership between the University of Oregon and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Our joint programs include a GlobalWorks International Research Internship as part of the KAUST Visiting Student Research Program, support of a year-long KAUST faculty mentorship program developed in partnership with our Global STEM Education Program, and faculty research seminar exchanges. 


We were excited to welcome our first faculty speaker from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Carlos Duarte gave a virtual seminar for the University of Oregon's Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) in Charleston, OR on April 20, 2021. Find the entire OIMB seminar schedule here.  

Carlos Duarte mapping
Reversing the Loss of Coastal Habitats

Carlos M Duarte, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

Distinguished Professor Carlos M. Duarte is the Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair in Red Sea Ecology at the KAUST in Saudi Arabia. Duarte’s research focuses on understanding the effects of global change in marine ecosystems and developing nature-based solutions to global challenges, including climate change, and develop evidence-based strategies to rebuild the abundance of marine life by 2050. 

Seminar Abstract: A range of cumulative pressures escalating since the onset of the industrial revolution have led to an estimated loss of about half of the global extent of coastal habitats, including mangrove forests, seagrass meadows, saltmarshes, coral reefs and oyster reefs, with kelp forests now being impacted by ocean warming, which is impacting also heavily coral reefs, and less intensely, seagrass meadows. As we lost these habitats, we increased our awareness of the many services and benefits they deliver, providing a motivation to avoid further losses and increase restoration efforts. There is, therefore, evidence that declining trends are either slowing down, or reversing altogether for some key coastal habitats, but challenges exist on how restoration can scale up to reverse the cost of coastal habitats.