Paul                           Barber

Paul Barber


phone:  (310) 794-5349
fax:  (310) 206-3987&
office:  TLSB 2145
lab:  TLSB 2140

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

Aguilar-Medrano, R. and P.H. Barber, "Ecomorphological diversification in reef fish of the genus Abudefduf (Percifomes, Pomacentridae)", Zoomorphology, - (2015) [link].

Willette, DA, Iniguez, AR, Kupriyanova, EK, Starger, CJ, Varman, T, Toha, AH, Maralit, BA, Barber, PH, "Christmas tree worms of Indo-Pacific coral reefs: untangling the Spirobranchus corniculatus (Grube, 1862) complex", Zoomorphology, Coral Reefs 34 (3): 899-904 (2015) .

Toven-Lindsey, B., Levis-Fitzgerald, M., Barber, P.H., Hasson, T., "Increasing Persistence in Undergraduate Science Majors: A Model for Institutional Support of Underrepresented Students", CBE-Life Sciences Education, 14 (2): ar12- (2015) .

Faurby, S. & P.H. Barber, "Extreme population subdivision despite high colonization ability: Contrasting regional patterns in intertidal tardigrades from the west coast of North America", Journal of Biogeography, 42 : 1006-1017 (2015) .

Sembiring, A., Pertiwi, N.P.D., Mahardini, A., Wulandari, R., Cahyani, N.K.D., Anggoro, A., Ulfa, M., Madduppa, H., Carpenter, K.E., Barber, P.H., Mahardika, G.N., "DNA Barcoding reveals targeted fisheries for endangered sharks in Indonesia", Journal of Fisheries Research, 164 : 130-134 (2015) .

Barber, P.H., Meyer, C.P., "Pluralism explains diversity in the Coral Triangle", Ecology of Fishes on Coral Reefs, Mora, C.(Eds.), Cambridge University Press 164 : 258-263 (2015) .

Crandall, E.D., Treml, E.A., Liggins, L., Gleeson, L., Yasuda, N., Barber, P.H., Worheide, G., Riginos, C., "Return of the ghosts of dispersal past: historical spread and contemporary gene flow in the blue sea star Linckia laevigata", Bulletin of Marine Science, Mora, C.(Eds.), 90 : 399-425 (2014) .

Raynal, R., Crandall, E.D., Barber, P.H., Mahardika, G., Lagman, M., Carpenter, K.E., "Basin isolation and oceanographic features influencing lineage diversification in the humbug damselfish (Dascyllus aruanus) in the Coral Triangle", Bulletin of Marine Science, Mora, C.(Eds.), 90 : 513-532 (2014) .

Poortvliet, M., Longo, G.C., Selkoe, K., Barber, P.H., White, C., Caselle, J.E., Perez-Matus, A., Gaines, S.D., Bernardi, G., "Phylogeography of the California sheephead, Semicossyphus pulcher: the role of deep reefs as stepping stones and pathways to antitropicality", Ecology and Evolution, Mora, C.(Eds.), 3 : 4558-4571 (2013) .

Crandall, E.D., Treml, E.A., and Barber, P.H., "Coalescent and biophysical models of stepping-stone gene flow in neritid snails", Molecular Ecology, Mora, C.(Eds.), 3 : - (2012) [link].