Alastair Richardson

A/Prof. Alastair Richardson


BSc (Hons) Exeter 1969, PhD Exeter 1972


I am an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Tasmania, where I lectured in the School of Zoology from 1972 to 2007. I am generally interested in invertebrate ecology and systematics, and particularly in the ecology, taxonomy and biogeography of terrestrial crustaceans. Since retiring I have been the Academic Director of The Bookend Trust, a charitable foundation that seeks to encourage school students to take up careers in science and the environment, primarily through adventure learning. I do occasional consultancy work through Environmental Consulting Options Tasmania, mostly dealing with threatened species (burrowing crayfish) in transport corridors.

Science/faith interests

As a teacher and researcher in evolutionary biology I am interested in reconciling scientific accounts of origins with those in the Bible. I would like to understand the “goodness” of creation in the face of predation, parasitism and other species interactions that pervade the natural world.

Professional associations

I am a founder member of The Crustacean Society and a Life Member of the International Association for Astacology.

Topics I can present on

I am available to present to school and university students on evolution and Christianity.

Richardson, A. (2010). Spinastacoides inermis. IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. Gland, Switzerland, The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.: 2.

Auman, H.J., Bond, A.L., Meathrel, C.E., Richardson, A.M.M. (2011). Urbanization of the Silver Gull: Evidence of Anthropogenic Feeding Regimes from Stable Isotope Analyses. Waterbirds 34(1): 70-76.

Richardson, A. M. M. (2011). Order Amphipoda Latreille, 1816; Family Talitridae Rafinesque, 1815. Crustacea, Platyhelminthes, Nematoda, Annelida, Rotifera and Tardigrada of the Seychelles Islands. J. Gerlach. Manchester, Siri Scientific Press: 138-141.

Shepherd, T., Gardner, C., Green, B.S., Richardson, A.M.M. (2011). Estimating Survival of the Tayatea Astacopsis gouldi (Crustacea, Decapoda, Parastacidae), an Iconic, Threatened Freshwater Invertebrate. Journal of Shellfish Research 30(1): 139-145.

Reynolds, J., Souty-Grosset, C., Richardson, A. (2012). Why are crayfish, among freshwater decapods, considered pivotal in freshwater ecosystems? Management of Freshwater Diversity. Crayfish as Bioindicators. J. Reynolds and C. Souty-Grosset. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 45-58.

Reynolds, J., Souty-Grosset, C., Richardson, A. (2012). Crayfish as prime players in ecosystems: life-history strategies. Management of Freshwater Biodiversity. Crayfish as bioindicators. J. Reynolds and C. Souty-Grosset. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 59-82.

Reynolds, J., Souty-Grosset, C., Richardson, A. (2013). Ecological Roles of Crayfish in Freshwater and Terrestrial Habitats. Freshwater Crayfish 19(2): 197-218.

Nadia I. Richman, Monika Böhm, Susan Adams, Fernando Alvarez, Natalie Alves, Christopher M. Austin, Jonathan E. M. Baillie, Elizabeth Bergey, Ludwig Buckup, Jennifer Buhay, John Bunn, Quinton Burnham, Jay Cordeiro, Jason Coughran, Keith A. Crandall, Kathryn Dawkins, Robert DiStefano, Niall Doran, Lennart Edsman, William R. Elliott, Arnold G. Eversole, Leopold Füreder, James Furse, Francesca Gherardi†, Premek Hamr, David Holdich, Pierre Horwitz, Daniel Johnson, Kerrylyn Johnston, Clive Jones, Julia P. G. Jones, Robert Jones, Thomas Jones, Tadashi Kawai, Susan Lawler, Marilu López-Mejía, Yoichi Machino, Lauren Mathews, Rebecca Miller, Paul Moler, Stephanie Parkyn, Carlos Pedraza Lara, Julian Reynolds, Alastair Richardson, Mark Schultz, Guenter Schuster, Peter Sibley, Chris Skelton, Catherine Souty-Grosset, Christopher Taylor, Roger Thoma, Jerry Walls, Todd Walsh, Max Wingfield, Ben Collen (2014). Multiple drivers of decline in the global status of freshwater crayfish. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B. 370: 20140060.

Doran, N. and A. Richardson (2015). Sixteen legs. Kinky love: mating in the Tasmanian cave spider. Sandy Bay, Tasmania, Desdichado Publishing.

Richardson, A. M. M. and P. B. Araujo (2015). Lifestyles of terrestrial crustaceans. The Life Styles and Feeding Biology of the Crustacea. M. Thiel and L. Watling. Oxford, Oxford University Press. 2: 299-336.