Profile sketch

Background

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:

Education

  • 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)