Extreme E. the all-electric, off-road SUV racing series that launches in Saudi Arabia this weekend has appointed leading marine ecosystems, expert Professor Carlos Duarte to their scientific committee. Speaking about the news, Extreme E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag commented saying:
We are thrilled to welcome Professor Carlos Duarte to the Extreme E Scientific Committee”.
“As one of the most qualified and respected marine biologists on the planet, who has a precise understanding in Red Sea Ecology, we are thrilled he accepted our invitation to join the Extreme E family. We look forward to sharing his knowledge as we aim to deliver on our commitment to use our sport to raise awareness of these important issues.”
Distinguished Professor Duarte is based at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and holds the Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair in Red Sea Ecology, making him perfectly placed to advise Extreme E in the lead up to its Saudi Arabian Desert X Prix, and Legacy Programme in the area.
During his decades of dedication to ocean health, Professor Duarte has published more than 900 scientific papers and has been ranked within the top one percent of Highly-Cited Scientists by Thompson Reuters. He has also received many honors, including the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award from the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography in 2001, the National Science Award of Spain in 2007, and most recently in 2020 the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology and Conservation Biology.
Professor Carlos Duarte said:
“I am delighted and honoured to join Extreme E’s Scientific Committee. The potential of Extreme E to elicit solution-driven action at the biodiversity-climate interface is immense, by engaging audience through sports into imagining a shared vision for a sustainable planet.”
Louisa Tholstrup, Extreme E’s Science, Legacy and Locations Manager, said:
“I am so pleased that Professor Carlos Duarte has agreed to join our team of climate change experts which also includes renowned scientists Professor Peter Wadhams (Head of Scientific Committee), Dr Lucy Woodall, Professor Richard Washington, and Francisco Oliviera PhD.
“Together, the Extreme E Scientific Committee advise the series’ education and research programmes, event logistics and impact as well as the recommendation of positive legacy initiatives which support local communities in each race location. It is a crucial role and we are delighted to have such a strong team to support our goals off the race course.”