Professor, Aquatic and Riparian Area Ecology

COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada – Co-chair Freshwater Fishes
Email: john.richardson@ubc.ca
Phone: (604)822-6586
Laboratory: (604)822-8927
Fax: (604)822-9102

John’s CV

Applied Freshwater Biology – textbook (2024)

B.Sc. (1979) University of Toronto (Zoology)
M.Sc. (1983) University of Alberta (Zoology)
Ph.D. (1989) University of British Columbia (Zoology)

Professor, Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences
Associate of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
Associate member of the Department of Zoology

Research Interests
Stream and riparian area ecology
Community and population ecology
Benthic invertebrates, amphibians, fish
Detrital-based food webs and donor-controlled systems
Conservation Biology

Current Research Projects

Source Stream Protection (SOSTPRO)
The Forest-Stream Linkages Project – Organic matter dynamics
Ecology of headwater streams
Effects of riparian management on streams and riparian areas
Amphibian population ecology (especially endangered species)
Stream restoration

About the Lab

Our research program addresses questions related to the mechanisms that structure stream and riparian area communities, and how various land-use practices affect those systems. In natural communities there are many processes that affect the rates of population growth (or decrease). We have taken a largely experimental approach to determining what those feedback processes are, how the rates are regulated, and how the multiple sets of interactions combine to affect population sizes and community structure. These kinds of questions are important for being able to predict the effects of human impacts on natural systems.

Greetings from the Lab


Cumulative effects in stream networks

UBC Forestry

Society for Freshwater Science

US Forest Service Riparian Bibliography

Riparian Bibliography