Carmenza Duque

National University of ColombiaColombia

Dr. Carmenza Duque Beltrán is currently an Emeritus Professor at the Chemistry Department of the National University of Colombia, Colombia. She was the Executive Director of the Corporation Center of Excellence in Marine Science (CEMarin), Colombia, and Vice-president of the Colombian Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences. She graduated with a degree in Chemistry in 1972 from the National University of Colombia, completed her PhD degree at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in 1980, and her post-graduate studies at Stanford University, United States in 1982 and Würzburg University, Germany in 1988 and 1991. Since then, she has dedicated her life to the education of graduate and post-graduate students in analytical chemistry and natural product chemistry and her scientific research in the same field. In 1993, she became a Full Professor at the National University of Colombia, Colombia. Dr. Duque Beltrán is one of the founders of the post-graduate school of the Chemistry Department at the National University of Colombia, where she proposed and initiated two Masters and Doctorate programs. She has published nearly 120 scientific papers in high impact journals, edited and co-edited four books dealing with her scientific research results and with the scientific policy of Colombia, she also has written 20 chapters in scientific books, and presented two patents and two prototypes as technological research products.

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Corals comprise a wide variety of colonial marine invertebrates belonging to the Phylum Cnidaria. Their polyps form the most colorful, complete, and diverse communities on the Earth resembling underwater cities, commonly called coral reefs, which host a wide variety of invertebrates and fish species. They are highly productive ecosystems, contribute to the health of the biosphere, and offer a good number of economic and ecological services to coastal populations and to many people around the world. However, due to a diverse number of natural and anthropogenic stressors, corals have shown a severe decline over the past few decades. Being aware of the importance and relevance of the facts described, the book "Corals in a Changing World" offers new scientific information regarding the actual status and, in some cases, the resilience state of coral reef systems. Timely information is critical for managers and decision makers to implement sustainable management measures according to the ecological condition of coral reefs. In addition, the book also discusses the use of well-maintained coral microcosms to provide a good basis for performing experiments with natural fluctuations and to present studies dedicated to the coral diversity characterization and to their importance as a source of important biological compounds, which could be converted into industrial products.

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