Director of the Oceans Institute at UWA 2011 – present). Currently leading the Malaspina 2010 Expedition, a Spanish circumnavigation expedition that is sailing the world’s oceans to examine the impacts of global change on ocean ecosystems and explore their biodiversity. Head of the Department of Global Change Research at the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA) in Mallorca, Spain. Research Professor and Scientific Director of the International Laboratory for Global Change at the Spanish Council for Scientific Research. Research interest focus on the conservation and sustainability of marine ecosystems through the identification of their role in the functioning of the biosphere, their status and threats, and their responses to the various global pressures, natural or anthropogenic, acting upon them. >350 papers in International journals and book chapters, including a book entitled Seagrass Ecology (Cambridge Univ. Press). This research has received over 9,000 citations, for which he was named Highly Cited Scientist by the Institute of Scientific Information (Philadelphia, USA), in 2005. Evelyn G. Hutchinson Award to scientific excellence from the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (2001) and the Spanish National Science Award (2007). Member of the Academia Europaea (2005). President of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ongoing). Co-Editor in Chief of the journal Estuaries and Coasts and Member of the Editorial Board of various journals, as well as member of multiple international panels.