|Jeff grew up in Southwest Michigan where he developed a deep appreciation for hard work, a keen interest in science and the natural world, and an insatiable curiosity. His path to Sterling followed a winding trajectory through undergraduate degrees in creative writing and biology, six months in Nairobi, Kenya, long-haul truck driving school, and a one-way plane ticket to Seattle. Upon landing in Western Washington, Jeff’s path led him to a law firm representing victims of radiation poisoning, a year as a recycling truck driver, and eventually to graduate school where he continued to be pulled in different directions, settling on an interdisciplinary PhD that gave him expertise in ecology, renewable energy, indigenous societies, and remote sensing and geospatial analysis. Upon receiving his doctorate, he promptly started a farm, Thoughtful Food, that he managed for seven years.
The path led Jeff to Sterling where he finds an institution that supports his varied interests and his core fascination with finding sustainable interdisciplinary solutions to today’s agricultural challenges.
|BA Biology and Creative Writing||Kalamazoo College|
|MS Environmental Horticulture||University of Washington|
|PhD Forest Ecology, Remote Sensing, and Renewable Energy||University of Washington|
|Richardson, J. J and Moskal L.M. 2016. An integrated approach for monitoring contemporary and recruitable large woody debris. Remote Sensing. 8(9): 778.|
|Richardson, J. J and Moskal L.M. 2016. Urban food crop production capacity and competition with the urban forest. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 15: 58-64.|
|Rabotyagov, S.S, Campbell, T.D., White, M., Atwood, J., Norfleet, M.L., King C.L., Gassman, P.W., Valcu, A., Richardson, J.J., Turner, R.E., Rabalais, N.N. 2014. Cost-effective targeting of conservation investments to reduce the northern Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. 111(52): 18530-18535.|
|Richardson, J. J, Moskal, L.M., and Bakker, J.D. 2014. Terrestrial Laser scanning for vegetation sampling. Sensors, 14(1): 20304-20319.|
|Richardson, J. J., and Moskal L.M. 2014. Assessing the utility of green LiDAR for characterizing bathymetry of heavily forested streams. Remote Sensing Letters, 5 (4), 352-357.|
|Richardson, J. J and Moskal, L.M. 2014. Uncertainty in urban forest canopy assessment: Lessons from Seattle, WA USA. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 13 (1): 152-157.|
|Richardson, J. J, Spies, K., York, S., Rigdon, S., Lieu, V., Nackley, L., Batella-Garcia, B, Cawston, R., and Schwartz, D. 2011. The complex economics of bioenergy in the U.S.: a Yakama Nation case study. Biomass and Bioenergy, 35 (8): 3698-3707.|
|Richardson, J.J, Moskal, L.M. and Kim, S.-H., 2009. Modeling approaches to estimate effective leaf area index from aerial discrete-return LIDAR. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 149(6-7): 1152-1160.|
Three Books You Recommend?
The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
The Complete Guide to Home Wiring published by Black and Decker
You Can Farm by Joel Salatin