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Welcome to the Barnes Lab in the Department of Natural Resources Management at Texas Tech University!

Our research is rooted in community ecology, predicting and explaining species distributions and dispersal in aquatic systems. We are 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. We utilize a broad set of tools to address many different types of ecological questions, so our research approaches include 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.

From left to right: Beth Roesler, Mark Johnson, Matt Barnes, Sadie Roth, and visiting scholar Hiroki Yamanaka

Contact Dr. Barnes:

email: at matthew [dot] a [dot] barnes [at] ttu [dot] edu | snail mail: Box 42125, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409-2125 | twitter: @drbarnes