The International Barcode of Life (iBOL) Consortium announces the appointment of Dr. Adriana Radulovici as its new Executive Secretary. She replaces Donald Hobern, who announced his departure last year to focus on projects closer to home in Australia.
“We are thrilled to have Adriana join iBOL’s executive team. She brings a depth of sector knowledge and administrative experience in coordinating programs and projects for organizations such as GEO BON and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD),” said Paul Hebert, iBOL’s Chief Executive Officer and Scientific Director.
“Adriana has also demonstrated a deep-time commitment to iBOL, as she has long been part of its research community and has championed the use of DNA barcoding for biodiversity analysis and conservation. I know she brings great enthusiasm to her new role and will certainly strengthen iBOL’s global impact.”
Radulovici has worked in the biodiversity sector for more than two decades, first studying birds in urban environments and protected areas and later exploring marine biodiversity through DNA barcoding. She completed her doctorate at the University of Quebec at Rimouski as part of the Canadian Barcode of Life Network and the Canadian Healthy Oceans Network, focusing on marine crustaceans. Radulovici then spent nearly a decade at the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics (CBG) at the University of Guelph, gaining experience in data management and then coordinating training programs and science policy and communication. She has also worked as a consultant to the CBD Secretariat. Most recently, Radulovici served as Executive Secretary for GEO BON, where she worked to raise its visibility as a knowledge provider to key stakeholders, including CBD Parties.
Radulovici will provide administrative support to iBOL’s Executive team, manage communication across the consortium’s membership, and coordinate events and meetings. She will also focus on leveraging the impact of molecular data on biodiversity conservation and sustainability, taking into account diversity, inclusion, and co-creation within and outside the network.
“I am excited to take up this new role when we are collectively starting to implement the new global biodiversity framework,” said Radulovici. “The iBOL Consortium is providing data, platforms, and capacity-building to advance biodiversity science globally and to support the achievement of the new biodiversity targets by 2030. I am happy to be actively involved in this process.”
Radulovici began her new role in January 2024. She is based in Montreal, Quebec.
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