Meet Barnabas Daru, Ph.D.

Barnabas Daru, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology; Curator of the Ruth O'Brien Herbarium, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. Daru Lab

The health of the oceans depends significantly on seagrasses. Dr. Barnabas Daru's research focuses on the role of marine plant-life in maintaining both marine ecosystems and ocean chemistry. He is making valuable contributions to marine botany at a critical time --just as rapid increases in ocean temperature and in excess levels of CO2 are affecting the world's oceans.

Dr. Daru has made two appearances on Science for the Public's Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations. The most recent was June 13, 2021 to discuss Can Seagrasses Weather Ocean Warming?.

Back in 2017, when Dr Daru was a Research Fellow in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University., his work received considerable attention. He appeared on Contemporary Science on January 10, 2017 to discuss The Vital Role of Seagrass in Marine Ecosystems.

In both appearances, Dr. Daru emphasized the fundamental role of seagrasses in marine ecosystems and the need to study and protect these vital plants, which are dying off in large numbers. Dr. Daru also described the more comprehensive approach he uses in his research.

Harvard Gazette article on Dr. Daru's research