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Richard Stanton

NE CASC Postdoctoral Fellow
Postdoctoral Research Assistant
University of Missouri Columbia

Research Interests

My research is focused on three major tasks:

quantifying and synthesizing biodiversity responses to global change processes;
identifying proximate drivers of species and community responses to global change with field experiments; and
informing conservation decision-making using structured decision making, simulation models of population and community dynamics, and value of information analyses.

I am currently working to develop synthetic metrics of landscape health and supporting models that can inform strategic conservation actions at local and regional scales.



Development and Evaluation of Climate Change Adaptation Tools

Developing a landscape health index for Missouri’s Priority Geographies

Identifying information needs for American Black Duck management

Quantifying the effects of shrub encroachment and land-use intensification on African savanna birds


Stanton Jr., R. A., W. W. Boone IV, J. Soto-Shoender, R. J. Fletcher Jr., N. Blaum,and R. A. McCleery. 2018. Shrub encroachment and vertebrate diversity: a global meta-analysis. Global Ecology and Biogeography 27:368-379. 
Stanton Jr., R. A., A. D. Burke, K. M. Carrlson, D. C. Kesler, J. Faaborg, and F. R.Thompson III. 2018. Retention of Radio Transmitters Tail-mounted on Six Bird Species. Wildlife Society Bulletin 42:67-71. 
Stanton Jr., R. A., J. T. Shapiro, J. A. Laskowski, and R. A. McCleery. 2017. Dynamic figures should be a central feature of scientific articles. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15:427-428. 
Stanton Jr., R. A., F. R. Thompson III, and D. C. Kesler. 2015. Site occupancy of brown-headed nuthatches varies with habitat restoration and range-limit context. Journal of Wildlife Management 79:917-926. 
Stanton Jr., R. A., D. C. Kesler, and F. R. Thompson, III. 2014. Resource configuration and abundance affect space use of a cooperatively breeding resident bird. The Auk 131:407-420. 


School of Natural Resources


Ph.D.: Interdisciplinary Ecology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2017
M.S.: Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 2013
B.T.: Wildlife Management, SUNY Cobleskill, Cobleskill, NY, 2009


Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Missouri Columbia, 2019-present
Postdoctoral Researcher, Auburn University, 2018-2019
Graduate Research Assistant, University of Florida, 2013-2017
Graduate Fellow, Northeast Climate Science Center, 2013
Graduate Research Assistant, University of Missouri Columbia, 2010-2013
Island Supervisor, National Audubon Society’s Project Puffin, 2010
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