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Discipline name H-index Citations Publications World Ranking National Ranking
Ecology and Evolution H-index 93 Citations 31,120 309 World Ranking 122 National Ranking 3

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Awards & Achievements

2012 - Fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA)

2008 - Member of the National Academy of Sciences

Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa


What is he best known for?

The fields of study he is best known for:

  • Ecology
  • Biodiversity
  • Habitat

Richard M. Cowling mainly focuses on Ecology, Biodiversity, Environmental resource management, Habitat and Species diversity. His Endemism, Shrubland, Biome, Species richness and Global biodiversity study are his primary interests in Ecology. His research integrates issues of Protected area, Ecology, Freshwater ecosystem and Native plant in his study of Biodiversity.

His Environmental resource management study combines topics in areas such as Ecosystem management, Land use, Conservation Plan, Stakeholder and Conservation biology. His Habitat study incorporates themes from Floristics, Urbanization, Phytogeography and Spanish Civil War. Richard M. Cowling has included themes like Cape, Rare species and Extinction in his Species diversity study.

His most cited work include:

  • Effectiveness of the global protected area network in representing species diversity (1060 citations)
  • Conservation planning in a changing world (775 citations)
  • Plant diversity in mediterranean-climate regions. (757 citations)

What are the main themes of his work throughout his whole career to date?

Richard M. Cowling mostly deals with Ecology, Biodiversity, Environmental resource management, Cape and Thicket. His study involves Biome, Species richness, Vegetation, Endemism and Habitat, a branch of Ecology. His Biodiversity research includes elements of Agroforestry, Ecosystem, Threatened species and Environmental planning.

He interconnects Conservation planning, Land use, Land-use planning and Ecosystem services in the investigation of issues within Environmental resource management. The study incorporates disciplines such as Floristics, Flora and Pleistocene in addition to Cape. He has researched Thicket in several fields, including Subtropics, Canopy, Arid and Shrub.

He most often published in these fields:

  • Ecology (60.60%)
  • Biodiversity (25.69%)
  • Environmental resource management (16.46%)

What were the highlights of his more recent work (between 2012-2021)?

  • Ecology (60.60%)
  • Cape (16.71%)
  • Thicket (16.71%)

In recent papers he was focusing on the following fields of study:

Ecology, Cape, Thicket, Pleistocene and Biome are his primary areas of study. His Ecology and Species richness, Biodiversity, Range, Ecosystem and Shrubland investigations all form part of his Ecology research activities. His Species richness research is multidisciplinary, incorporating elements of Mediterranean climate, Mediterranean Basin, Endemism and Species diversity.

His Environmental resource management research extends to the thematically linked field of Biodiversity. His Cape research is multidisciplinary, incorporating perspectives in Floristics, Paleontology, Foraging and Flora. His Thicket research incorporates themes from Subtropics, Canopy, Seed dispersal and Arid.

Between 2012 and 2021, his most popular works were:

  • Mediterranean Biomes: Evolution of Their Vegetation, Floras, and Climate (108 citations)
  • Facing the heat: Barriers to mainstreaming climate change adaptation in local government in the Western Cape Province, South Africa (86 citations)
  • Variation in plant diversity in mediterranean-climate ecosystems: The role of climatic and topographical stability (79 citations)

In his most recent research, the most cited papers focused on:

  • Ecology
  • Law
  • Biodiversity

His primary areas of study are Ecology, Cape, Floristics, Thicket and Pleistocene. His Species richness, Mediterranean climate, Biodiversity, Shrubland and Ecosystem investigations are all subjects of Ecology research. The various areas that Richard M. Cowling examines in his Species richness study include Endemism, Species diversity and Mediterranean Basin.

He combines topics linked to Plant community with his work on Biodiversity. His Thicket research incorporates elements of Arid, Subtropics and Biome. His Pleistocene study combines topics from a wide range of disciplines, such as Habitat, Coastal plain, δ13C, Physical geography and Last Glacial Maximum.

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Top Publications

Effectiveness of the global protected area network in representing species diversity

Ana S. L. Rodrigues;Sandy J. Andelman;Mohamed I. Bakarr;Luigi Boitani.
Nature (2004)

1485 Citations

Conservation planning in a changing world

Robert L. Pressey;Robert L. Pressey;Mar Cabeza;Matthew E. Watts;Richard M. Cowling.
Trends in Ecology and Evolution (2007)

1000 Citations

Plant diversity in mediterranean-climate regions.

Richard M. Cowling;Philip W. Rundel;Byron B. Lamont;Mary Kalin Arroyo.
Trends in Ecology and Evolution (1996)

984 Citations

Preserving the evolutionary potential of floras in biodiversity hotspots

F Forest;F Forest;G Richard;R Mathieu;T. J Davies;T. J Davies.
Nature (2007)

786 Citations

Knowing But Not Doing: Selecting Priority Conservation Areas and the Research-Implementation Gap

Andrew T. Knight;Richard M. Cowling;Mathieu Rouget;Andrew Balmford.
Conservation Biology (2008)

746 Citations

An operational model for mainstreaming ecosystem services for implementation

Richard M Cowling;Benis Egoh;Andrew T Knight;Patrick J O'Farrell.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2008)

695 Citations

Vegetation of southern Africa

R. M. Cowling;D. M. Richardson;Shirley M. Pierce.

649 Citations

The ecology of fynbos: nutrients, fire and diversity.

R. M. Cowling.
The ecology of fynbos: nutrients, fire and diversity. (1992)

595 Citations

One Hundred Questions of Importance to the Conservation of Global Biological Diversity

W.J. Sutherland;W.M. Adams;R.B. Aronson;R. Aveling.
Conservation Biology (2009)

502 Citations

A conservation plan for a global biodiversity hotspot— the Cape Floristic Region, South Africa

R.M Cowling;R.L Pressey;M Rouget;A.T Lombard.
Biological Conservation (2003)

500 Citations

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