iBOL Organization


Chief Executive Officer

Hebert is a Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph and a Canada Research Chair in Molecular Biodiversity. Hebert is the founder and Director of the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics and coordinates its linkages with the International Barcode of Life Consortium. Hebert first developed DNA barcoding, and his scientific publications have received over 100K citations. 

Chief Scientific Officer

Hollingsworth is Director of Science and Deputy Keeper at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. He is also an Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a Visiting Professor of the University of Edinburgh, and a Visiting Professor of the University of Johannesburg.

Chief Informatics Officer

Ratnasingham is a bioinformatician with two decades of experience leading innovative informatics projects in the research and commercial sectors. He is the chief architect of the BOLD (Barcode of Life Data Systems) and mBRAVE (Multiplex Barcode Research and Visualization Environment) data platforms, launched in 2005 and 2017. He designed and developed the BIN (Barcode Index Number) framework, a machine learning system to accelerate the registration of biodiversity.

Interim Executive Secretary

Radulovici began working on urban biodiversity and managing protected areas during her BSc and MSc studies in Romania. She soon became interested in adopting DNA barcoding to investigate biodiversity patterns. For her Ph.D., she was among the first to barcode marine crustaceans across Canada’s oceans. She then moved to the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics at the University of Guelph, which hosts the International Barcode of Life Consortium. She has worked in data management, as a research scientist, and on outreach and capacity-building projects, and is interested in science communication and knowledge mobilization. 

Chief Communications Officer

James leads iBOL’s media and communications strategy, overseeing science communication, outreach, and marketing activities and programs to mobilize scientific knowledge and build capacity for biodiversity science and conservation across the globe. Before joining iBOL, she was an investigative journalist and documentary producer for Canadian and international broadcasters, reporting on environmental, social, and political issues. 

Learn more about iBOL

The International Barcode of Life Consortium is a research alliance undertaking the largest global biodiversity science initiative: create a digital identification system for life that is accessible to everyone

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