Richard Stanton

NE CASC Postdoctoral Fellow
Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Consortium Institution: 

University of Missouri Columbia


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

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.



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


Recent Publications

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.