College of Agricultural Communications and Natural Resources, Department of Natural Resources Management
Barnes conducts research on the emerging field of environmental DNA surveillance, using traces of genetic material shed by organisms into their environment to provide clues about their presence- similar to a detective at an environmental crime scene. One of his primary goals here at Tech is to carry out research that improves management of invasive species within the large reservoirs within Texas.
Prior to joining the Tech faculty, Barnes worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Environmental Change Initiative at the University of Notre Dame. Barnes received his bachelor's degree in biology from Southwestern University. His doctorate degree is from the University of Notre Dame.