Climate change specialist, The University of Queensland
Dr Anthony J. Richardson is recognised internationally for significant contributions in the fields of climate impacts on marine species, plankton dynamics and fish ecology. His marine climate impacts work has been highly cited by the recent IPCC (2007) report on ecosystem impacts of climate change. Anthony has published nearly 50 refereed publications and book chapters, including articles in Nature, Science and TREE.
Anthony completed an Honours degree in Zoology from the University of Queensland in 1992, and a PhD at the University of Cape Town in 1998. Postdoctoral research and lecturing followed at the University of the Western Cape and the University of Cape Town. In 2002, Anthony then moved to the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation of Ocean Science in Plymouth (UK) where he remains an Honourary Fellow. Since 2005, Anthony has held a joint appointment as a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Queensland and a research scientist at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research. This joint arrangement provides considerable research opportunities for students at CSIRO, Australia’s largest research organisation.
The Richardson lab has diverse research interests in marine ecology, focusing on understanding the effects of environmental variability on marine systems as a window to predicting impacts of climate change. Particular areas of research include the impacts of climate variability and change on plankton communities, rocky shores and fisheries productivity. Recent work has shown that climate change is already impacting Australian marine ecosystems, including coral reefs, plankton communities, kelp forests and fish assemblages. Anticipating future problems associated with marine climate change necessitates a range of approaches. There is a wide variety of postgraduate projects available in the Richardson Lab, from those with large fieldwork components to those focusing on modelling marine impacts of climate change.