Paul Henry Barber
Dept. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of California Los Angeles
610 Charles E. Young Dr. South
Los Angeles, California 90095
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)
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.