B.S., Marine Biology Texas A&M at Galveston (2005)
M.Phil., Biology, City University of New York – Graduate Center (2014)
Ph.D., Biology, City University of New York – Graduate Center (2015)
Marine Biology Instructor, Central Campus (2014 – Present)
Adjunct Lecturer, Laguardia Community College (2014)
Instructor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (2013 – 2014)
Adjunct Lecturer, Brooklyn College (2011 – 2014)
NSF Fellow, Brooklyn Academy of Science and Environment (2011 – 2013)
Conservation Biologist, Save the Nautilus (2011 – Present)
Graduate Research Assistant, Brooklyn College (2010 – 2014)
Fisheries Observer, Alaskan Observers Incorporate (2008 – 2011)
Biologist II, Aquarium at Moody Gardens (2006 – 2008)
Senior Intern, National Resource Center for Cephalopods (2003 – 2008)
Fish Technician I, Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation (2005)
I was born in Katy, Texas but grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. I’ve wanted to study the ocean since I was 4 years old and my favorite animal is the giant squid. I attended Texas A&M University at Galveston where I received my B.S. in Marine Biology. During college, I worked with octopus, squid, cuttlefish, and nautiluses at the National Resource Center for Cephalopods. Here, we cultured cephalopods through multiple generations, conducted research projects, and transported these cephalopods all over the world to universities and aquariums. After college, I worked at the Quarantine Facility at The Aquarium at Moody Gardens still in Galveston, Texas. We were responsible for conducting all water quality analyses of the entire aquarium, treating sick fish, performing necropsies, and doing field collections of live animals for display. After Texas, I worked in the Bering Sea for two years collecting fishery information for the federal government to help manage the fisheries and ensure that they are sustainable. I completed my Master’s and Doctoral work at City University of New York – Graduate Center in 2015 studying nearly every aspect of my favorite animal, the chambered nautilus. Particularly, I was interested in their conservation status, natural behaviors, and the learning/memory capabilities of nautiluses during migrations. Since 2011, I have been working with an international team of scientists and policy-makers to assess the current state of nautilus populations in the Indo-Pacific and South Pacific areas. My research has taken me to the Philippines (four times), Australia (two times), Fiji, American Samoa, Papua New Guinea, and even Israel. I have also traveled the country and world presenting our work at professional conferences as well as public outreach events. At Central Campus, I am bringing all of this research experience to the high school student and providing opportunities for each student to learn about the research process and actually assist in different aspects of it.
Dr. Barord has started a monthly online radio show, the Under The Sea Radio Show as launching a new monthly program on Majestic Aquarium Hour called the Nautilus Hour. This new program will focus on education and conservation efforts for these amazing deep sea animals. Check out his Facebook page and YouTube channel.