I am an assistant professor in the Biology Department at SUNY New Paltz and a faculty advisor in the Environmental Geochemical Science program. I also have appointments as a Research Associate at the Mohonk Preserve and Visiting Scientist at Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.

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2008 Ph.D. in Stream Ecology.  Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Sciences Department, College Park, MD.

2002 B.S. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering.  School of Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.



Peer-reviewed publications

Richardson, DC, Charifson, DM*, Stern, EM*, Stanson, VJ*, Thompson, JE, Townley, LA. Accepted. Reconstructing a trophic cascade following unintentional introduction of golden shiner to Lake Minnewaska, New York, USA. Inland Waters.

Charifson, DM*, Huth, P, Thompson, JE, Angyal, RK, Flaherty, MJ, Richardson, DC. Accepted. History of Fish Presence and Absence Following Lake Acidification and Recovery in Lake Minnewaska, Shawangunk Ridge, NY. Northeastern Naturalist.

Carey, CC, R Darner Gougis, JL Klug, CM O’Reilly, DC Richardson. 2015. A model for using environmental data-driven inquiry and exploration to teach limnology to undergraduates. Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin 24(2): 32-35.

Bruesewitz DA, Carey, CC, Richardson DC, Weathers, KC. In press. Under-ice thermal stratification dynamics of a large, deep lake revealed by high-frequency data. Limnology and Oceanography doi: 10.1002/lno.10014.

Richardson, DC, Oleksy, IA*, Hollein, TH, Arscott, DB, Gibson, C, Root, S*. 2014. Habitat characteristics, temporal variability, and macroinvertebrate communities associated with a mat-forming nuisance diatom (Didymosphenia geminata) in Catskill mountain streams, New York. Aquatic Sciences 76:553-564.

Hoellein, TH, Bruesewitz, DA, Richardson, DC. 2013. Revisiting Odum (1956): A synthesis of ecosystem metabolism reveals drivers of primary production and respiration across streams, lakes, wetlands, and estuaries.  Limnology and Oceanography 58(6): 2089-2100.

Richardson DC, Newbold, JD, Aufdenkampe, AK, Taylor, PG and Kaplan, LA. 2013. A method for measuring bacterial mineralization rates of suspended particulate organic carbon in stream ecosystems. Limnology and Oceanography Methods 11: 257-261.

Solomon, CT, Bruesewitz, DA, Richardson, DC, et al. 2013. Ecosystem respiration: Drivers of daily variability and background respiration in lakes around the globe. Limnology and Oceanography 58(3): 849-866.

Klug, JL, Richardson, DC, Ewing, HA, Hargreaves, BR, Samal, NR, Vachon, D, Pierson, DC, Lindsey, AM, O’Donnell, DM, Effler, SW, Weathers, KC.  2012. Ecosystem effects of a tropical cyclone on a network of lakes in northeastern North America. Environmental Science and Technology.

Pace, ML, Hampton, SE, Limburg, KE, Bennett, EM, Cook, EM, Davis, AE, Grove, JM, Kaneshiro, KY, LaDeau, SL, Likens, GE, McKnight, DM, Richardson, DC, and Strayer, DL. 2010. Communicating with the public: opportunities and rewards for individual ecologists. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 8(6):292-298.

Palmer, MA and Richardson, DC. 2009. Provisioning services: a focus on freshwater. In The Princeton Guide to Ecology, Levin, SA, Ed. Princeton University Press: Princeton, NJ.

Richardson, DC, Kaplan, LA, Newbold, JD and Aufdenkampe, AK. 2009. Temporal dynamics of seston: A recurring nighttime peak and seasonal shifts in composition in a stream ecosystem. Limnology and Oceanography 54(1):344-354.

Menninger, HL, Palmer, MA, Craig, LS, and Richardson, DC. 2008. Periodical cicada detritus impacts stream ecosystem function. Ecosystems 11(8):1306-1317.

Craig, LS, Palmer, MA, Richardson, DC, et al. 2008. Stream restoration strategies for reducing river nitrogen loads. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 6(10):529-538.

Swan, CM, Healey, B and Richardson, DC. 2008. The role of native riparian tree species in decomposition of invasive Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) leaf litter in an urban stream. Ecoscience 15(1):27-35.

Non-peer reviewed publications

Richardson, DC. The continually changing Lake Minnewaska. Friends of the Shawangunks: Shawangunks Watch Fall 2014 issue.

Richardson, DC. Changes in acidity and fish in the sky lakes: Why is Lake Minnewaska turning green? Friends of the Shawangunks: Shawangunks Watch Summer 2013 issue.

Root, SM* and Richardson, DC. 2010. Rock snot growing in New York rivers. Poughkeepsie Journal. 12 Sep. 2010: 3F. Print.

Richardson, DC and Dorsi, JJ*. 2010. Ice-out records track climate change. Poughkeepsie Journal. 11 Apr. 2010: 3F-4F. Print.

* indicates undergraduate student


Research Affiliations
Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies
Lake Sunapee Protective Association
Mohonk Preserve
Minnewaska State Park
Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program

Professional Societies
Society for Freshwater Science (formerly NABS)
Ecological Society of America
Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network


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