Curriculum Vitae

Paul Henry Barber

Dept. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of California Los Angeles
610 Charles E. Young Dr. South
Los Angeles, California 90095
Phone: 310-794-5349


1991  B.S. with Honors (magna cum laude, Ecol.&Evol. Bio.), Univ. of Arizona

1998  Ph.D. (Integrative Biology), University of California, Berkeley

1999-200  NSF Minority Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University


2013-Present    Professor, Dept. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA

2014-Present    Professor, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

2017-Present    Equity Advisor, Division of Life Sciences, UCLA

2019-present    Director, HHMI Diversity, Health Disparities and the Environment Program, UCLA

2004-Present    Director, The Diversity Project, UCLA

2009-Present    Director, Program for Excellence in Education and Research in the Sciences, UCLA

2011-Present    Board of Trustees, Alice C. Tyler Perpetual Trust

2014-2015        Vice Chair for Education, Dept. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA

2008-2013        Associate Professor, Dept. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA

2002-2008        Assistant Professor, Biology Department and Boston University Marine Program, Boston University

1997, 1998       Instructor, Earth Systems Field School, Columbia University

Honors and Awards

2021 Naturalist of the Year, Western Society of Naturalists

2021 UCLA Undergraduate Research Center Faculty Mentor Award

2020 Fellow, California Academy of Sciences

2019 UCLA Gold Shield Prize (highest faculty honor at UCLA)

2018 HHMI Professor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

2017 Gordon Conference Keynote Speaker

2017 University of Arizona Spirit of Inquiry Award (distinguished alumni award)

2015 University of California President’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership in Presidential Initiatives

2015 Featured Scientist, Earth in Concert Exhibit (collaboration between California Science Center and the Grammy Museum)

2015 SACNAS Distinguished Student Mentor Award

2015  UCLA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award

2015 UCLA Oppenheim Lecture

2014 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award     

2014 Life Science Award for Excellence in Educational Innovation for Outstanding Achievements in the Promotion of Diversity

2014 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Distinguished Teaching Award

2012 Academic Advancement Program Faculty Recognition Award

2011-2013 National Academy of Sciences Kavli Frontiers of Science Organizing Committee

2011 National Academy of Sciences Kavli Frontiers of Science Participant

2005 Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE)

2004 National Science Foundation CAREER grant

1999-2001 NSF Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship


Grants Awarded (Total, $15,373,345)

1/1/2022-12/31/2023 National Philanthropic Trust ($349,372) The Diversity Project: Diversifying Marine Conservation.

10/1/20-9/31/21 Sol Leshin UCLA-BGU Program ($20,000) Comparing plankton communities of the tropical seagrass Halophila stipulacea in its native and invasive rages using artificial intelligence and DNA metabarcoding.

8/1/20-12/31/22 California Conservation Genetics Program ($69,814) Population Genomics of threatened and endangered vernal pool crustaceans.

8/1/20-12/31/22 California Conservation Genetics Program ($149,830) Conservation Genomics of Heavily Exploited California Fisheries Targets.

9/1/18-8/31/21 National Science Foundation  ($432,042) The Diversity Project-A Transformative Field Research Experience That Engages Students by Empowering Them to Conduct Original Marine Research.

1/1/20-12/31/22 ($278,916). UC-HBCU Initiative. Pathways to Ph.D.’s in Marine Science.

1/1/18-12/31/23 Howard Hughes Medical Institute ($1,000,000) HHMI Diversity and Health Disparities Program.

5/1/2015-4/31/2016 Sol Leshin UCLA-BGU Program ($25,000) Comparative transcriptome analysis of a globally invasive marine angiosperm, Halophila stipulacea in the invasive and native range. 

3/1/16-2/28/21 National Institutes of Health ($2,695,402) UCLA Maximizing Student Development Program.

5/1/2015-4/31/2016 Sol Leshin UCLA-BGU Program ($24,955) Investigating rapid evolutionary adaptation in the global invasive marine angiosperm, Halophila stipulacea” .

10/1/15-9/30/18 ($418,388). UC-HBCU Initiative. Pathways to Ph.D.’s in Marine Science.

5/1/15-4/31/20 National Science Foundation  ($517,099) RCN: Diversity of the Indo-Pacific Network (DIPnet): A collaborative research network and database for advancing marine biodiversity research.

2/20/15-8/19/2015 Save our Coasts ($16,000) A genomic window into the market squid fishery.

12/23/2012-9/29/2015 USAID ($1,000,807) Promoting conservation of Indonesian Biodiversity through engaging local research capacity.

1/1/13-12/31/17 National Science Foundation  ($4,872,677) PIRE: Assembly of Marine Biodiversity Along Geographic and Anthropogenic Stress Gradients

10/1/12-9/30/15 ($300,568). UC-HBCU Initiative. Pathways to Ph.D.’s in Marine Science.

7/1/12-6/30/15 National Science Foundation ($181,173). TUES: Use of video production to promote collaborative learning and higher-level cognitive understanding in an introductory life science curriculum.

2/1/11-1/31/16 National Institutes of Health ($4,001,968)  UCLA MSD Program.

12/23/2010-12/22/2012 USAID ($645,704) Augmenting Scientific Research and Education through Biodiversity Research.

11/1/08-12/31/09 Conservation International ($38,700) Continuing Research on Population Connectivity in South West Pacific Reef Fishes.

8/1/08-2/28/2010 Conservation International ($24,000) Integrating genetic and spatially explicit models of dispersal in Papua.

1/1/08-12/31/09 Conservation International ($80,099). Genetic connectivity analysis of important reef biota in the Bird’s Head Seascape (including development of UNIPA genetics laboratory).

1/1/08-12/31/12 National Science Foundation ($2,500,000). PIRE: Origins of high marine biodiversity in the Indo-Malay-Philippine Archipelago: transforming a biodiversity hotspot into a research and education hotspot.

2/1/06-7/1/07 Conservation International ($100,000) Genetic connectivity of coral reef communities across a longitudinal gradient.

5/1/05- 8/31/06 Conservation International ($140,000). Genetic connectivity of cora reef communities of the Raja Ampat seascape.

7/1/05-6/30/07 National Science Foundation ($10,518). REU Supplement: Origins of high Indo-West pacific marine biodiversity: the role of allopatric divergence in marine environments.

1/1/05-12/31/07 National Science Foundation ($104,336) Collaborative proposal: Local adaptation across latitudes: spatial scales, gene flow, and correlates of countergradient growth variation.

7/1/04-8/31/09 National Science Foundation ($638,661). CAREER: Origins of high Indo-West pacific marine biodiversity: the role of allopatric divergence in marine environments.

1/1/04-9/30/05 National Science Foundation ($50,000). Understanding postcolonzation recovery of genetic diversity.

9/1/02-12/31/04 National Coral Reef Institute ($24,794). Connectivity among Caribbean stomatopod populations: effects of ocean currents and life history on patterns of dispersal and regional connectivity.

1/1/99-12/31/01 National Science Foundation ($140,000) Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship: Evolutionary influences on genetic structuring and diversification of Indo-West Pacific stomatopods.