Ricardo Barra received his degree in biochemistry in 1988 from the University of Concepción, Biobío Region, Chile, and his Ph.D. degree in environmental sciences from the same university in 1993. Dr. Barra has served as a Researcher and Full Professor at the EULA-Chile Environmental Sciences Center since 1993. He has been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Milan, Milan, Italy, from 1995 to 1996. In the last years, he has been researching and working in different areas of environmental toxicology, mainly in the field of environmental fate and effects of persistent organic pollutants and emerging contaminants. In 2001, he was appointed as Regional Coordinator of a project for performing a regionally based assessment of persistent toxic substances by UNEP Chemicals, and in 2003, he was part of a team that released a global report for UNEP regarding persistent toxic substances. From October 2007 to December 2008, he was nominated as President of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Latin America (SETAC LA). In 2008, Barra was awarded the BioRegional Prize for the environment and he received the Concepción Municipal Prize for applied research in 2011. In 2008, he was nominated as a Member of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) of the Stockholm Convention for a four-year period. In 2010, Barra was nominated for the position of Coordinating Lead Author of the Chemicals and Waste Chapter of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO 5) released in June 2012. In 2011, he became the Director of the EULA Chile Center at the University of Concepción.
Biography Updated on 6 December 2013