November 18, 2010
Paul D.N. Hebert is a Canadian biologist at the University of Guelph where he is a tenured full professor. He is also a Canada Research Chair in Molecular Biodiversity (Tier I) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Dr. Hebert earned his B.Sc. at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario (1969) and his PhD at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom (1972). After his PhD studies, Dr. Hebert took a Rutherford Fellowship at the University of Sydney in Australia. He returned to Canada in 1976 as a member of the biology faculty at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario where he was also Director of the Great Lakes Institute. In 1990, he relocated to the University of Guelph as Chair of the Department of Zoology, a position he held for 10 years. He is currently Director of the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, a position he has held since 2005.
Dr. Hebert has been a visiting professor at the Australian National University, the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and the University of Adelaide. Although he is a recognized expert in the evolution and phylogeography of aquatic invertebrates (especially microcrustaceans), he is now best known as the founder of DNA barcoding.