Professor Anthony Richardson


Faculty of Science
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Dr Anthony J. Richardson has research interests in marine ecology, climate impacts research and analysis of large datasets using modern data analysis techniques.

He holds an Honours degree in Zoology from the University of Queensland and a PhD degree in Marine Ecology from the University of Cape Town. Since 2005, Anthony has a joint position between the Department of Mathematics at UQ where he is a Senior Lecturer and CSIRO marine research. He has previously held positions at the University of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape and the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation of Ocean Science in the UK where he remains an Honourary Fellow.

His research is recognised internationally for significant contributions in the fields of climate impacts on marine species, plankton ecology, and fish population dynamics. He has had experience working in marine systems in the North and South Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. Anthony Richardson is currently an Associate Editor for Journal of Animal Ecology. He is the author of more than 45 peer-reviewed papers. He has a strong record of innovation in undergraduate teaching, and has guided the development of many postgraduate students.


  • PhD, Cape Town


  • Garcia Molinos, Jorge, Halpern, Benjamin S., Schoeman, David S., Brown, Christopher J., Kiessling, Wolfgang, Moore, Pippa J., Pandolfi, John M., Poloczanska, Elvira S., Richardson, Anthony J. and Burrows, Michael T. (2016) Climate velocity and the future global redistribution of marine biodiversity. Nature Climate Change, 6 1: 83-88. doi:10.1038/nclimate2769

  • Mokany, Karel, Ferrier, Simon, Connolly, Sean R., Dunstan, Piers K., Fulton, Elizabeth A., Harfoot, Michael B., Harwood, Thomas D., Richardson, Anthony J., Roxburgh, Stephen H., Scharlemann, Jorn P.W., Tittensor, Derek P., Westcott, David A. and Wintle, Brendan A. (2016) Integrating modelling of biodiversity composition and ecosystem function. Oikos, 125 1: 10-19. doi:10.1111/oik.02792

  • Fu, Caihong, Large, Scott, Knight, Ben, Richardson, Anthony J, Bundy, Alida, Reygondeau, Gabriel, Boldt, Jennifer, van der Meeren, Gro I, Torres, Maria A, Sobrino, Ignacio, Auber, Arnaud, Travers-Trolet, Morgane, Piroddi, Chiara, Diallo, Ibrahima, Jouffre, Didier, Mendes, Hugo, Borges, Maria Fatima, Lynam, Christopher P, Coll, Marta, Shannon, Lynne J and Shin, Yunne-Jai (2015) Relationships among fisheries exploitation, environmental conditions, and ecological indicators across a series of marine ecosystems. Journal of Marine Systems, 148 101-111. doi:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2015.01.004

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Book Chapter

  • Heckbert, S., Costanza, R., Poloczanska, E. S. and Richardson, A. J. (2011). Cimate regulation as a service from estuarine and coastal ecosystems. In Ecological Economics of Estuaries and Coasts (pp. 199-216) Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elseiver. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-374711-2.01211-0

  • Hobday, Alistair J., Game, Edward T., Grantham, Hedley S. and Richardson, Anthony J. (2011). Missing dimension: Conserving the largest habitat on Earth: protected areas in the pelagic ocean. In Marine protected areas: a multidisciplinary approach (pp. 347-372) Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

  • Le Borgne, Robert, Allain, Valerie, Griffiths, Shane P., Matear, Richard J., McKinnon, A. David and Richardson, Anthony J. (2011). Vulnerability of open ocean food webs in the tropical Pacific to climate change. In Johann D. Bell, Alistair J. Hobday and Johanna E. Johnson (Ed.), Vulnerability of Tropical Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture to Climate Change (pp. 189-250) New Caledonia: Secretariat of the Pacific community.

  • McKinnon, A. D., Richardson, A. J., Burford, M. A. and Furnas, M. J. (2007). Vulnerability of Great Barrier Reef plankton to climate change. In Johnson, J. E. and Marshall, P. A. (Ed.), Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef: A Vulnerability Assessment (pp. 121-152) Townsville, Australia: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Richardson, A. J. (2008) Plankton and climate in John H. Steele, Karl K. Turekian and Steve A. Thorpe (eds.) Encyclopedia of ocean sciences. 2nd Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision