Research Scientist / Center for Conservation and Sustainability
Dr. Matthew Richardson is the lead Smithsonian researcher for the Kitimat LNG and Pacific Trail Pipelines Biodiversity and Assessment Program, where he draws on his broad training in conservation ecology to develop methods that mitigate the impact of infrastructure development on terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity. Matthew earned two undergraduate degrees (Biology and Entomology with a concentration in Wildlife Conservation) at the University of Delaware before completing his MS in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences and PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His primary research for the past 10 years has been the conservation of invertebrates, vertebrates, and plants in human-disturbed, managed, and restored habitats. Matthew is also contributing to research in imperiled habitats in Florida aimed at conserving critically endangered plants and their pollinators.
Richardson, Matthew L., Keathley, Craig P. and Peterson, Cheryl L. Breeding system of the critically endangered Lakela’s Mint and influence of plant height on pollinators and seed output, Population Ecology, 58 (2) 277-284. 2016.
Richardson, Matthew L., Rynear, Juliet and Peterson, Cheryl L. Microhabitat of critically endangered Lupinus aridorum (Fabaceae) at wild and introduced locations in Florida scrub, Plant Ecology, 215 (4) 399-410. 2014.