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Dr Richard J. Pearce (PhD) - Spider Identifications

Dr Richard J. Pearce (PhD)

Dr Richard J. Pearce



Dr Richard J. Pearce is Associate Professor Animal Ecology and Biodiversity Research (WCUC)

An expert in biodiversity and ecosystems ecology, specialising in the ecology and behaviour of spiders. Richard is passionate about arachnids and has a background in ecology and conservation. He has served on the Council of the British Arachnological Society and the IUCN Species Survival Commission as a member of the Spider and Scorpion Specialist Group. Richard frequently collaborates in international projects broadening knowledge of biodiversity and human impact. He enjoys active membership across a wide range of international professional organisations in natural history, ecology and wildlife conservation. Richard’s research focuses on the interface between human activity and natural ecosystems, frequently exploring the role of spiders as indicators of ecosystem health.

Awards and Accreditations: PhD Ecosystems Ecology; MSc Environmental Diagnostics; BSc (Hons) Environmental Science; Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)


  • Associate Professor (Animal Ecology & Biodiversity Research) – Present
  • Lecturer in Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology – 2012-2019
  • Bioscience Lecturer 2001-2012


  • Cranfield University Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) – 1998-2001
  • Cranfield University Master’s DegreeEnvironmental Diagnostics -1997-1998
  • University of Warwick Bachelor’s DegreeEnvironmental Science – 1993-1997


  • IUCN Species Survival Comission (Spider & Scorpion Specialist Group) Red List Assessor (Spiders, Scorpions & other Arachnida) Apr 2018 – Present
  • American Arachnological Society Member Sep 2017 – Present
  • British Arachnological Society Council Sep 2014 – Present
  • African Arachnological Society (AFRAS) Member
  • European Society of Arachnology Member

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