David Richardson’s website

Welcome to my website.  Below find posts with interesting links or explore the rest of my website to see my teaching and research interest.  I am interested in the following topics aquatic ecosystem ecology; invasive species; technology and aquatic ecosystems; biogeochemistry; lake metabolism; human impacts on streams, rivers, and lakes.

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How to apply to graduate school

Here is an excellent guide for how to apply to graduate school.  Give this a read well before applications are due… as in before your senior year.


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Research and publication wordle

Here’s a really fun way to summarize what a professor does – create a wordle from the titles of all published papers.  I got this idea from Dr. Gabriel Yvon-Durocher at the Univ. of Exeter. Here is my research wordle:


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Richardson lab on twitter

A little late to the game, but follow me and my lab on twitter: @DRichardsonLab

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Minnewaska Research

This summer, my lab’s research in the Sky Lakes including Lake Minnewaska has gotten some press. Read about our work in the Poughkeepsie Journal (video included) and in the Other Hudson Valley.

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Author John Green on education

Here is a quote from author John Green about students who are sad about returning to school and how lucky they are to have school to attend in first place: “Regardless of where you live, primary education became a requirement sometime after 1775. This 250-year period has been a pretty good run for humans — featuring, you know, steam engines, the Internet, antibiotics, skyscrapers, a stunning increase in life expectancy, home pizza delivery, water purification plants and landing a freaking Mini Cooper on Mars. Needless to say, this is not a coincidence. [Education] isn’t just about you. Your nation is making an investment in you because they believe that you are worth it. So the next time you’re, like, half-asleep in class, fantasizing about being a kid chosen for a special mission or wizard school or whatever, please remember something: You are special, and you’ve been chosen for a special mission that was denied to 99.9 percent of all humans ever. We need you, we believe in you, and we’re counting on you” (from a NYTimes article).

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