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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Richard Reading


PhD, Yale University 

Academic and Research Interests

  • Conservation biology
  • Grassland Ecosystems
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to conservation of wildlife and protected areas.


Richard Reading, PhD, is a consultant in conservation biology, adjunct professor within the Department of Biology at the University of Denver (DU), and Visiting Scholar at DU’s Graduate School of Social Work.

He received a PhD and three Master’s degrees from Yale University in Wildlife Ecology and Human Dimensions of Wildlife and an Honorary Doctorate from the National Education University of Mongolia.

Reading has worked primarily on grassland ecosystems on six continents, with a focus on the Great Plains of North America, the steppes of Mongolia, the savannahs of Botswana and the Altiplano of Peru and Bolivia. His work focuses on developing pragmatic, effective and interdisciplinary approaches to the conservation of wildlife and protected areas through research, capacity development and working with local people and governments. Reading serves on the boards of directors or advisors for several nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and overseas. He has published more than 175 scientific papers and book chapters, and he has written or edited eight books.

See CV.