John S. Richardson

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Abstracts from the Headwaters Management Conference, Feb 2007

  Aquatic Ecosystems and Fish in Forested Watersheds - FRST386

  Wildlife Ecology and Management - FRST395

Dr. John S. Richardson
Professor and Head of Department

Associate of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

Associate member of the Department of Zoology
(604) 822-6586 (phone)
(604) 822-9102 (fax)
(604) 822-8927 (laboratory)

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Department of Forest Sciences
3041 - 2424 Main Mall
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4


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.

Some of our current projects include:

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

For information regarding application for graduate studies at UBC, contact the graduate secretary at

Greetings from an unusually snowy Vancouver - Members of our lab - December 2008 (from left to right): front - Aya, Kim; second row - Xanti (Santiago), Takashi, Trent, John K, John R    [missing: Maggie, Lisa, Rachael, Will, Pina]

View from our building over Strait of Georgia towards Vancouver Island (Dec. 2008)