Profile sketch


Prof D.M. RichardsonProfessor Dave Richardson is the Director at the C·I·B. Dave’s specific expertise is in invasion ecology and particularly alien tree invasions. He stepped down as Editor-in-Chief of Diversity and Distributions in 2015 after 19 years of service, and is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Specialist Group on Invasive Organisms.

Details of publications and citations:


  • PhD (Botany), University of Cape Town - 1989
  • MSc (Botany) with distinction, University of Cape Town - 1985
  • BSc (Forestry) (Majors: Forest Science, Nature Conservation), University of Stellenbosch - 1981

Professional experience

  • 2005 - present: Centre for Invasion Biology, University of Stellenbosch , South Africa [current position: Professor of Ecology and Director]
  • 1992 - 2004: Leslie Hill Institute for Plant Conservation, University of Cape Town , South Africa [Associate Professor and Deputy Director]
  • 1990 - 1992: CSIR Division of Forest Science and Technology, Stellenbosch , South Africa
  • 1981 - 1989: South African Forestry Research Institute, Stellenbosch , South Africa

Other professional activities (editorial, working groups, etc)

  • Editor-in-Chief: Diversity and Distributions (A journal of conservation biogeography).
  • Editorial boards: (recent & current)
    • Biological Invasions (Associate Editor: 1998-present);
    • Ecologia Mediterranea (International Journal of Mediterranean Ecology, France; 1998-present);
    • Journal of Biogeography (Deputy Editor: 1997-2004);
    • Global Ecology and Biogeography (Deputy Editor: 1997-1999; Editorial Board: 2000-2005);
    • Journal of Mediterranean Ecology (2000-2004).
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Organismic Biology, Ecology and Evolution, University of California , Los Angeles (UCLA)(2001-2002)
  • Member, IUCN Species Survival Specialist Groups on Invasive Organisms (1996-) and Conifers (1999-)
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Invasive Plant Atlas for New England (IPANE; 2002-)
  • Member, Ecology Review Panel, Working for Water programme (1998 - 2004)
  • Member, Task Team responsible for formulation of regulations and risk assessment framework relating to invasive species for the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (NEMBA) (2005-2006)