Texas Tech's NRM adds aquatic invasive species expert Matthew Barnes
Matthew Barnes, an expert in aquatic invasive species, has been named an assistant professor in Texas Tech University's Department of Natural Resources Management, according to officials within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. He officially stepped into his new teaching and research post on Sept. 1.
The Plano native indicated that he is particularly interested in advancing the ability to make predictions in invasion ecology, including which species are likely to be introduced, how they are likely to arrive, and where they will find conditions promoting their success.
Barnes also 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. "We're currently facing critical challenges maintaining water cleanliness and availability within the state, and improving management of invasive species and preventing future invasions will contribute to ongoing efforts," Barnes said.
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.
Written by Norman Martin
CONTACT: Mark Wallace, Chairman, Department of Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2841, firstname.lastname@example.org