International honour to DNA barcoding scientist

April 26, 2018

Planet Earth, Dr. Paul Hebert, DNA strand

A top international honour which has never before been granted to a Canadian will be awarded to Dr. Paul Hebert of the University of Guelph this year.  The Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences is awarded every two years by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been in existence since 1990.

Dr. Hebert is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair and Director of the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics at the University of Guelph.  In addition to his role at the university, Dr. Hebert is scientific director of the International Barcode of Life project.  The iBOL brings together researchers from 25 countries with the mission of assigning DNA barcodes to millions of specimens and making this data available globally.

DNA barcoding continues to be pivotal in identifying new species and is being used to better understand the impacts that human activities are having on ecosystems.

Dr. Hebert will receive the prize of US$200,000 later this year and must use half of the amount for research.


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