Stephen Richards, Ph.D.

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Dr. Richards has now moved to UC Davis. Please contact him with any questions about the arthropod projects.


Ph.D., Rice University, 1999
B.Sc., The University of Bath, 1990

Research Interests:

Dr. Stephen Richards has a broad background in genomics, with a focus on quantitative traits in insect models, arthropod comparative genomics, methods for genome sequencing, assembly and annotation, and a history in human genetics.


Richards S. Full disclosure: Genome assembly is still hard. PLoS Biol. 2018;16(4):e2005894. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.2005894.

Armisén D, Rajakumar R, Friedrich M, et al. The genome of the water strider Gerris buenoi reveals expansions of gene repertoires associated with adaptations to life on the water. BMC Genomics. 2018;19(1):832. doi:10.1186/s12864-018-5163-2.

Schwager EE, Sharma PP, Clarke T, et al. The house spider genome reveals an ancient whole-genome duplication during arachnid evolution. BMC Biol. 2017;15(1):62. doi:10.1186/s12915-017-0399-x.

Eyun S-I, Soh HYoung, Posavi M, et al. Evolutionary History of Chemosensory-Related Gene Families across the Arthropoda. Mol Biol Evol. 2017;34(8):1838-1862. doi:10.1093/molbev/msx147.

Saha S, Hosmani PS, Villalobos-Ayala K, et al. Improved annotation of the insect vector of citrus greening disease: biocuration by a diverse genomics community. Database (Oxford). 2017;2017. doi:10.1093/database/bax032.

Fuller ZL, Haynes GD, Richards S, Schaeffer SW. Genomics of natural populations: Evolutionary forces that establish and maintain gene arrangements in Drosophila pseudoobscura. Mol Ecol. 2017;26(23):6539-6562. doi:10.1111/mec.14381.