1980 BSc University of Sydney
1980 Dip. Ed. University of Sydney
1986 Ph.D. University of Sydney
Director of the Centre for Ecosystem Science
Professor Richard Kingsford is a river ecologist and conservation biologist who has worked extensively across the wetlands and rivers of the Murray-Darling Basin and Lake Eyre Basin. He worked for the NSW Government Environment agency from 1986-2004. He also worked with many different communities and governments across this region. His research has influenced the policy and management of rivers in Australia, including through involvement on state and federal advisory committees. He also leads a reintroduction or rewilding project, Wild Deserts, in Sturt National Park (NSW), collaborating on the Platypus Conservation Initiative and Red-Listing of Ecosystems. He is also researches effective ways of implementing effective conservation actions through developing adaptive management approaches and engagement with communities.
For more detailed information on current projects and postgraduate students (see link to Centre for Ecosystem Science)http://www.ecosystem.unsw.edu.au/
1994 Frederick White Prize for research on arid zone wetlands
1998 National Banksia Award for National excellence in Catchment Management and Inland Waterways for research on the Macquarie Marshes.
2000 Premier's Gold Award for NSW Public Service. Joint award for the nomination of a private wetland as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.
2001 Eureka Prize for Environmental Research
2002 National Trust Heritage Award - for research of the ecological degradation of the Lower Murrumbidgee wetlands
2004 National Banksia Award Environmental Leadership in the Community for work in the development of the Paroo River Agreement
2004 National Banksia Award in Bush, Land and Waterways for work in the development of the Paroo River Agreement
2007 Luc Hoffmann International Medal for Contribution to Wetland Science
2008 Eureka Prize for promoting public understanding of science
2012 D.L. Serventy Medal for contribution to Ornithology
2014 Eureka Prize for Red Listing of Ecosystems - member of the team developing red listing of ecosystems across the world
2014 National River Prize - Lake Eyre Basin Partnership (led team)
2015 International River Prize - Lake Eyre Basin Partnership (led team)
2019 Distinguished contribution to conservation society - Society for Conservation Biology
Royal Society of NSW 2012
Australian Zoological Society 2014