Dr Barry Richardson: describing Australian jumping spiders
Dr Barry Richardson is finding, describing and mapping the distribution of the jumping spider fauna of Australia.
9 April 2010 | Updated 24 April 2013
Dr Richardson is presently studying the taxonomy and biogeography of jumping spiders.
He is also working collaboratively on several projects related to the community ecology of insects.
Dr Richardson has conducted research on the processes of evolution through studies of biochemical adaptation and the ecological genetics of a wide range of organisms.
He has a background in:
Dr Richardson aims to describe as many of these beautiful jumping spiders as possible.
molecular biology and protein biochemistry
ecological genetics of animals, plants and microorganisms
phylogenetics and taxonomy of animals
ecology and behaviour of mammals
environmental computing systems.
He is also experienced in the processes and issues involved in managing a national granting agency.
Dr Richardson has been awarded a:
Bachelor of Science with Honours from the University of NSW (UNSW), Sydney, Australia
Doctor of Philosophy, also from the UNSW.
Dr Richardson has supervised more than thirty graduate students and published two books and more than one hundred research papers.
He recently retired from the position of Professor and Director of the Centre for Biostructural and Biomolecular Research at the University of Western Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Dr Richardson was the recipient of the Whitley Medal in 1989 for Fauna of Australia Vol. 1B Mammalia as the best book on Australian mammals.
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