Professor Richard Barnes

Emeritus Fellow
Coastal marine ecology and invertebrate zoology, particularly explanation of the patterns of variation in animal biodiversity across spatial scales of from <1 m to >1000 km. This research is mainly conducted on seagrass and sandflat faunas on the shores of the Indo-West-Pacific region (in Africa, Australia, Indonesia and Seychelles) . Orcid iD 0000-0002-5773-5994.
Honorary Research Professor (Rhodes), Honorary Research Fellow (Queensland), Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology and Member of Conservation Research Institute, University of Cambridge

Educated Rutlish School (1955-1962), University College London (1962-1965) and University of Queensland (1965-1967). Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa. Spends part of each year at Rhodes University in South Africa (at their Knysna Field Laboratory), part at the University of Queensland in Australia (at the Moreton Bay Research Station), and part in Cambridge. Author of 100+ refereed scientific research papers and author/editor of 13 books; one-time Secretary of the Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association and Chairman of the European Union for Coastal Conservation (UK). In 1971 a crab was named after him (Macrophthalmus barnesi).

  • Barnes, R.S.K. & Laurie, H. 2018. Seagrass macrofaunal abundance shows both multifractality and scale-invariant patchiness. Marine Environmental Research, 138, 84-95.
  • Barnes, R.S.K. 2017. Are seaward pneumatophore fringes transitional between mangrove and lower-shore system compartments? Marine Environmental Research, 125, 99-109.
  • Barnes, R.S.K. 2016. Spatial homogeneity of macrobenthic faunal biodiversity across small spatial scales. Marine Environmental Research, 122, 148-157
  • Barnes, R.S.K. & Hamylton, S. 2016. On the very edge:  faunal and functional responses to the interface between benthic seagrass and unvegetated-sand assemblages. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 553, 33-48
  • Barnes, R.S.K. & Barnes, M.K.S. 2014. Biodiversity differentials between the numerically-dominant macrobenthos of seagrass and adjacent unvegetated sand in the absence of sandflat bioturbation. Marine Environmental Research, 99, 34-43