David Mark Richardson

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David Mark Richardson
Born (1958-06-16) 16 June 1958 (age 56)
Pretoria, South Africa
Nationality South African
Alma mater Stellenbosch University
Occupation Ecologist

David Mark Richardson (born 16 June 1958) is a South African ecologist, particularly known for his work on invasive species,[1] especially invasive trees and shrubs.


Richardson was born in Pretoria. He received his BSc degree in Forestry from Stellenbosch University in 1981 and his Ph.D in Botany from the University of Cape Town in 1989. He worked as Associate Professor of Botany and deputy director of the Institute for Plant Conservation at the University of Cape Town from 1992 to 2004. He also joined as professor of ecology in the department of botany and zoology at Stellenbosch University and as deputy-director science strategy at the Centre for Invasion Biology in 2004. He was appointed director of the Centre for Invasion Biology in May 2012.

Awards and honours[edit]

  • In 2006, Richardson was awarded the Hans Sigrist Prize from the Hans Sigrist Stiftung, Switzerland[2]
  • In 2007 he received an A1 rating from South Africa’s National Research Foundation of South Africa
  • In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa.
  • In 2009 he won the National Science and Technology Forum Award (Category B; Individual, through research and its outputs over the last five years)
  • In 2009 he was elected a Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa
  • In 2012 he received the John F.W. Herschel Medal from the Royal Society of South Africa for his "multidisciplinary contribution to science in South Africa through your exceptional work on the ecology of biological invasions and management strategies for introduced species".[3][4]

Selected publications[edit]

Since 1998 he has been Editor-in-Chief of the journal Diversity and Distributions.


  1. ^ SA prof best in invasion biology. MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Retrieved 9 January. 2012
  2. ^ Cape academic wins top Swiss science prize. IOL News. Retrieved 9 January 2012
  3. ^ Top award for local invasion biologist. SA-people.com. Retrieved 9 January 2012
  4. ^ "2011/12 NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards – RSSAf Winners". RoyalSocietysa.Org. 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 

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