Master of Science in Environmental Biology, and Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Pathology from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Barnes' research focuses on crop diseases, mostly rusts, and their global distribution and dissemination. Some of his past research includes long-distance dispersal of soybean and wheat rust spores in storm systems throughout North America with the USDA, and biological control of an invasive grass species in New Zealand. He currently has various projects with collaborators from the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative including Australia, Canada, United States, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil. His current position involves work with rust diseases of cereals, fruit trees, and coffee, as well as other new and emerging diseases at the National Agricultural Research Institute of Ecuador (INIAP).