Richard Erickson

Folks call me Richie. My research focuses on applying quantitative ecology to invasive species. Currently, I am developing population models to inform Asian carp management and developing methods for applying occupancy models to environmental DNA (eDNA). 


Broadly, I am quantitative ecologist who studies the interactions between people and their environment. Specificlly, I have studied:

  • Terrestrial invasive plant species (undergraduate jobs and internships);
  • Mosquito/dengue disease dynamics (my MS research);
  • Population-level and interspecific effects of pesticides (my PhD research);
  • The spatial impacts of wind energy and white-nose syndrome on bat population dynamics (my post-doc project); and
  • The distribution and dynamics of aquatic invasive species and the application of this knowledge to their control (my current position).  

Or, as a friend once said, "you model things dying". 

Along the way, I have picked up skills in ecological, mathematical ecology, computation biology, and high-throughput computing. Although my skill set and research interests may appear to be broad, they have an underlying theme of studying population-level effects and distribution and then applying these finding to resource management. 


2013, PhD, major: Environmental Toxicology, minor: Mathematics, Texas Tech University
2009, MS, major: Environmental Toxicology, Texas Tech University
2007, BS, major: Wildlife Ecology and Biology, minor: Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Self-updating lists of publications:

My Google scholar profile, ResearchGate profile, and ORCID orofile all link to self-updating lists of my publications.

Outside Interest:

When not working, I enjoy cross-country skiing, hiking/backpacking, sea kayaking, and SCUBA Diving (in addition to being a recreational dive, I was a Divemaster and Instructor).