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Matthew Barnes

  • PhD
  • Assistant Professor
  • Texas Tech University
  • 24PublicationsNumber of items in Matthew's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 5Followers


My teaching and research are rooted in community ecology, predicting and explaining species distributions and dispersal in aquatic systems. I am 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. I 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.


Management of Biological Invasions

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Inland Water Invasions

2018 - Present

Management of Biological Invasions

Associate Editor

2015 - 2018(3 years)

Recent publications

  • Key questions for next-generation biomonitoring

    • Makiola A
    • Compson Z
    • Baird D
    • et al.
  • The detection of a non-anemophilous plant species using airborne eDNA

    • Johnson M
    • Cox R
    • Barnes M

Professional experience

Assistant Professor

Texas Tech University

September 2014 - Present

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Environmental Change Initiative

June 2013 - July 2014(a year)



University of Notre Dame

September 2007 - June 2013(6 years)


Southwestern University

September 2002 - May 2006(4 years)

Followers (5)

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