Texas Tech University

Dr. Matthew Barnes

Assistant Professor

Email: matthew.a.barnes@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-2122

Office: Goddard 7C

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2013

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Research Interests

My research and teaching interests are rooted in community ecology, predicting and explaining species distributions and dispersal in aquatic systems. I am particularly interested in forecasting biological invasions, the movement of species beyond their historic native ranges, and conducting research that advances methodologies for the study and management of invasive species and the communities they impact. I enjoy utilizing a broad set of tools to address many different types of ecological questions, so my research experiences have included predicting species occurrence with species distribution models and geographic information systems (GIS), detecting rare species through environmental DNA (eDNA) surveillance, and investigating species impacts through field observations and laboratory experiments.

Courses Taught

  1. NRM 2305 Introduction to Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries
  2. NRM 3308 Quantitative Methods in Natural Resources Management
  3. NRM 4320 Natural Resources Policy & NRM 5320 Natural Resource Biopolitics

Recent Publications

  1. Pickman BN and Barnes MA. In press. Preliminary analysis reveals sediment burial decreases mass loss and increases survival of the aquatic plant Hydrilla verticillata following desiccation over short time scales. Managemnet of Biological Invasions 
  2. Barnes MA and Turner CR. 2016. The ecology of environmental DNA and implications for conservation genetics. Conservation Genetics
    17: 1-17. [Link
  3. Lodge, DM, PW Simonin, SW Burgiel, RP Keller, JM Bossenbroek, CL Jerde, AM Kramer, ES Rutherford, MA Barnes, ME Wittmann, WL Chadderton, JL Apriesnig, D Beletsky, RM Cooke, JM Drake, SP Egan, DC Finnoff, CA Gantz, EK Grey, MH Hoff, JG Howeth, RA Jensen, ER Larson, NE Mandrak, DM Mason, FA Martinez, TJ Necwomb, JD Rothlisberger, AJ Tucker, TW Warziniack, and H Zhang. 2016 Risk analysis and bioeconomics of invasive species to inform policy and management. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 41: 453-488. [Link
  4. Wittmann, ME, Barnes MA, Jerde CL, Jones LA, and Lodge DM. 2016Confronting species distribution model predictions with species functional traits. Ecology and Evolution 6: 873-880. [Link
  5. Barnes MA, Jerde CL, Wittman ME, Chadderton WL, Ding J, Zhang J, Purcell M, Budhathoki M, and Lodge DM. 2014. Geographic selection bias of occurrence data influences transferability of invasive Hydrilla verticillata distribution models. Ecology and Evolution 4: 2584-2593. [Link
  6. Barnes MA, Deines AM, Gentile RM, and Grieneisen LE. 2014. Adapting to invasions in a changing world: invasive species as an economic resource. In: Ziska LH and Dukes JS (Eds.) Invasive Species and Global Climate Change. pp. 326-344. CAB International. [Link
  7. Turner CR, Barnes MA, Xu CCY, Jones SE, Jerde CL, and Lodge DM. 2014. Particle size distribution and optimal capture of aqueous macrobial eDNA. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5: 676-684. [Link] [Press Release
  8. Barnes MA, Turner CR, Jerde CL, Renshaw MA, Chadderton WL, and Lodge DM. 2014. Environmental conditions influence eDNA persistence in aquatic systems. Environmental Science & Technology 48: 1819-1827. [Link