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Paul Hebert Awarded 2020 MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity

Photo of Prof. Paul Hebert in a suit jacket and collared shirt

Paul Hebert has been awarded the MIDORI Prize for his efforts to advance the understanding of the species that share our planet. The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity is an international award that recognizes the efforts taken by citizens, researchers, government and non-governmental organizations whose work has had a major impact on biodiversity conservation and sustainability. 

Dr. Hebert developed an innovative technique termed DNA barcoding, a method used to assign any organism to its proper species. The data from this technique has led to a global library, Barcode of Life Data System (BOLD) which contains information on more than 10 million specimens, with more than 25,000 registered users spanning 200 nations. His work is reinforcing the value of nature, assisting in its protection, and providing public access to crucial biodiversity knowledge.

Dr. Hebert holds a Canada Research Chair in Molecular Biodiversity and is the Director of the University of Guelph’s Centre for Biodiversity Genomics. He is currently pursuing several research projects with Food from Thought under the Biodiversity Research category.