Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education


Photo of Dr. Hank Bart in front of forest

Henry L. Bart Jr.
Director of the Tulane University Biodiversity Research Institute (TUBRI)
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Tulane University Biodiversity Research Institute
Building A-3, Wild Boar Rd.
Belle Chasse, LA 70037

Committee term end date: April 30, 2026

Henry L. "Hank" Bart Jr. is Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University, and Director of the Tulane University Biodiversity Research Institute (TUBRI). A native New Orleanian, Bart earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Biological Sciences from the University of New Orleans, and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to joining the faculty of Tulane University (1992), Bart held faculty positions at the University of Illinois and Auburn University. Bart is Curator of the Royal D. Suttkus Fish Collection at TUBRI, the largest research collection of post-larval fishes in the world. Bart has also been involved in a number of biodiversity-related technology and cyberinfrastructure development projects at TUBRI, including the GEOLocate Project (software for geospatially referencing text descriptions of specimen collection locations), FishNet2 (a global network of 75 institutional fish collection databases), and HydroClim (modeled historical and future stream flow and temperature data for the U.S. and Canada). Bart has published over 90 scientific papers dealing with ecology and systematics of fishes and amphibians. Bart trains graduate students and teaches upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in Ichthyology, Stream Ecology, Natural Resource Conservation and Biodiversity Informatics at Tulane. Bart is African American and has devoted considerable effort throughout his career to increasing minority participation in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and STEM broadly.