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School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Shane A. Richards, B.Sc. Ph.D.

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41308

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I joined the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Durham University in 2005. Previously, I held various teaching and post-doctoral research positions at The University of Adelaide, The University of Sydney, Duke University, The University of Amsterdam, The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (University of California-Santa Barbara), and The University of Calgary.


My research focus is theoretical evolutionary ecology. I am interested in developing mathematical models to understand how ecological processes scale up in space and time. I have developed models that address adaptive foraging behaviour, species coexistence, evolutionary dynamics of species traits, and used modelling to help decision making for applied ecological problems (e.g., wildfire and fishery management). Currently, I am investigating the causes of variation during pollen dispersal and their ecological and evolutionary consequences. I am also very interested in model selection; in particular, the use of AIC as a formal framework for testing ecological theory.

Administrative Duties

  • Module coordinator: Biol 1307 (Mathematics for Biosciences)
  • Module coordinator: Biol 2461 (Ecology)
  • Module coordinator (joint): Biol 3451 (Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology)

Editorial Boards

  • Scientific Reports

International Collaboration

  • Evolution of plant mating systems (JR Pannell, University of Lausanne)
  • Evolution of plant mating systems (LD Harder, University of Calgary)

Research Groups


Research Interests

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Conservation Biology
  • Life-History Evolution & Mating Strategies
  • Mathematical Ecology and Evolution
  • Model Selection using AIC
  • Plant Ecology
  • Plant-Pollinator Interactions

Selected Publications

Journal papers: academic

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