Matthew Richardson

Matthew L. Richardson is Acting Director of the Center for Urban Research, Engagement and Scholarship in the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia. He is also an affiliate research ecologist with Bok Tower Gardens, a former research scientist with the Smithsonian’s Conservation Biology Institute, and a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Richardson’s research interests include finding practical solutions to conserve or restore species, natural communities, and ecosystem services while improving human health, promoting inclusion and social equity, and mitigating or adapting to climate change. He earned bachelor degrees in biology and entomology from the University of Delaware, a master’s degree in natural resources and environmental sciences, and a PhD in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He can be reached at