Mathias Symposium 2014

Bodega Marine Laboratory/Reserve
February 28- March 2, 2014

2014 Lecturers

Paul Barber
Associate Professor
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles
PhD UC Berkeley

Paul Barber

The Coral Triangle is the most biologically diverse marine ecosystem on Earth. My lab uses a combination of genetics, physical oceanography and ecological modeling to understand the drivers of speciation in this region. As one of the most critically threatened marine ecosystems on Earth, we also use our data to inform conservation planning in the Coral Triangle and use our research activities as a platform to build biodiversity research capacity in Indonesia, to raise awareness of the importance of marine biodiversity for the lives and livelihoods of the millions of inhabitants of this region.

Raymond M. Sauvajot
Deputy Associate Director, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science, National Park Service
Associate Adjunct Professor, University of California, Berkeley
PhD University of California, Davis


I provide leadership and oversight for natural resource programs, guide national parks on complex natural resource issues, and represent the National Park Service in broad-scale conservation science initiatives. As an adjunct professor, I connect faculty, post-docs, and students to national park management challenges through collaborative research and education. My own research has focused on the effects of development encroachment and habitat fragmentation on wildlife, including work on edge effects, roadway impacts on wildlife, and habitat linkages and corridors. My collaborative research interests are broader, and include conservation biology of parks and reserves, the interface between science, policy, and politics, and working to connect science to on-the-ground management decisions.