Paul Barber

Professor Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

2145 Terasaki Life Science Building

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1606

Campus Mailcode: 160606

Tel: (310) 794-5349

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Recent Courses

EE BIOL 109 - Introduction to Marine Science
EE BIOL 97X - PEERS Forum: Pathways in Science
EE BIOL 97X - PEERS Forum: Pathways in Science


B.S., Ecol. & Evol. Bio., University of Arizona 1991
Ph.D., Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley 1998

Research Interests

Our laboratory integrates genetics, ecology, oceanography and geology to understand the processes that promote speciation in marine environments, creating marine biodiversity hotspots. For the past decade, we have focused on the fish and invertebrates of the coral reefs of the Coral Triangle, the global epicenter of marine biodiversity. Through a comparative approach, we are examining the relative importance of tectonic history, physical oceanography, and organismal ecologies in limiting genetic connectivity and promoting evolution and lineage diversification. Our recent work focuses on integrating empirical models of connectivity with predictions from geographically explicit models of contemporary and historical ocean currents. We work closely with conservation organizations such as Conservation International to translate our basic science into information that can help guide conservation planning, protecting these endangered reef ecosystems. We are also interested in the role of natural selection and adaptation in shaping population genetic patterns, particularly the role of the genetic basis of energetic performance of mitochondrial in size selective mortality of marine larvae.

Selected Publications

Sbrocco M.E. and Barber, P.H., "Ten polymorphic microsatellite loci for the Atlantic silverside, Menidia menidia", Conservation Genetics Resources, 3 : 585-587 (2011) .

Crandall, E., Taffel, J.R. and Barber, P.H., "High gene flow due to pelagic larval dispersal among South Pacific archipelagos in two amphidromous gastropods (Neritomorpha: Neritidae)", Heredity, 104 : 563-572 (2010) [link].

Barber, P.H., "The challenge of understanding the Coral Triangle biodiversity hotspot", Biogeography, 36 : 260-265 (2009) .

Drew, J.A., and Barber, P.H., "Sequential cladogenesis of the reef fish Pomacentrus moluccensis (Pomacentridae) supports the peripheral origin of marine biodiversity in the Indo-Australian archipelago", Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 53 : 335-339 (2009) .

Vogler, C., Benzie, J., Lessios, H., Barber, P.H., and Worheide, G., "A threat to coral reefs multiplied? Four species of crown-of-thorns starfish", Biology Letters, 4 : 696-699 (2008) .

Allen, G.R., Drew, J., and Barber, P.H., "Cirrhilabrus beauperryi, a new wrasse (Pisces: Labridae) from Melanesia", International Journal of Ichthyology, 14 : 129-140 (2008) .

Crandall, E.D., Fey, M., Grossberg, R.K. and Barber, P.H., "Contrasting demographic history and phylogeographical patterns in two Indo-Pacific gastropods", Molecular Ecology, 17 : 611-626 (2008) .

White, P.A., Frank, L.G., and Barber, P.H., "A remotely operated motorized burrow probe to investigate carnivore neonates", Journal of WIldlife Management, 71 : 1708-1711 (2007) .

Hedgecock, D., Barber, P.H., and Edmands, S., "Genetic approaches to measuring connectivity", Oceanography, 20 : 22-31 (2007) .

Vigliola, L., Doherty, P.J., Meekan, M.G., Drown, D.M., Jones, M.E., and Barber, P.H., "Genetic identity determines risk of post-settlement mortality of a marine fish", Ecology, 88 : 1263-1277 (2007) .