Dr. Barra received his degree in biochemistry in 1988 from the University of Concepción and is Ph.D. in environmental Sciences from the same university in 1993. He has been postdoctoral research fellow at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Milan, Italy during 1995-1996 period. Since 1993 Dr. Ricardo Barra, is researcher and academic of the EULA-Chile Environmental Sciences Centre, his areas of specialization are, environmental fate of organic contaminants, ecotoxicology and regulatory toxicology. During the last years Dr. Barra has been working in different areas of environmental toxicology, mainly in the field of environmental fate and effects of Persistent Organic Pollutants. 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 was part of a team that release a global report for UNEP regarding Persistent Toxic Substances. Since 2004 is deputy director of Research and Formation at the EULA Chile Environmental Sciences Centre, University of Concepción, Chile. In October 2007 – December 2008 he was nominated President of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Latin America (SETAC LA). In 2008 he receipts the Bio Bio regional prize on the Environment. In 2008 he was nominated as a member for a 4 year period of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) of the Stockholm Convention.In 2010 he was proposed as Coordinating Lead Author of the Chemicals and Waste Chapter of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO 5). In 2011 he becomes the Director of the EULA Chile Centre at the University of Concepción. He has published over 60 peer reviewed papers in international Journals, and several book chapters and reports. At present is conducting research in the fate and effects of pollutants in fish farms and the antarctic, and also in impacted areas in Chile.
Biography Updated on 28 September 2011