Bioneers are people dedicated to re-imagining the future of our planet – biological pioneers who are working with nature to heal nature and ourselves.
This month’s guest speaker is Dr. Paul Barber, an Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA where he teaches marine science. Fifteen years ago, Paul began studying marine biodiversity in Indonesia, part of a greater region known as the “Coral Triangle.” The marine environment in this region is as vast and biologically diverse as Amazonian rain forests. Soon after starting his research, Paul realized that it was one of the least studied and most threatened marine environments on the planet. To address this problem, Paul launched The Diversity Project in 2004, a program designed to increase research on Indonesian biodiversity while promoting the diversity of students entering marine science. Paul continued to expand his research and education programs by co-founding the Indonesian Biodiversity Research Center in 2009. This center brings together researchers and students from both Indonesia and the U.S. to foster scientific collaboration and provide the data needed to help reverse the rapid decline of these spectacular habitats.