Justin Richard

  • Assistant Professor
  • Animal/Veterinary Science
  • Phone: 401.874.9046
  • Email: jt_richard@uri.edu
  • Office Location: Woodward Hall, Rm 116


Dr. Richard is broadly interested the study of mammalian reproductive physiology and behavior within an ecological context. Specifically, he is interested in behavioral mechanisms of mate choice and the influence of reproductive physiology on these behaviors. To accomplish his research goals, he has developed minimally invasive sampling methodologies and integrates research in zoological facilities and the wild to advance population management and promote conservation goals. He specializes in advising and mentoring students interested in zoo/aquarium animal care and management and regularly engages undergraduates in research on animals in zoos and aquaria.


  • Ph.D., Integrative and Evolutionary Biology, University of Rhode Island 2016
  • B.A., Biology, Connecticut College, 2003

Selected Publications

Richard JT, Levine R, Romano TA, and Sartini BL. 2021. Minimally invasive physiological correlates of social behaviour in belugas (Delphinapterus leucas) under human care. Polar Research 40: 5504. DOI: 10.33265/polar.v40.5504

Richard JT, Robeck T, Osborn S, Naples L, McDermott A, LaForge R, Romano T, and Sartini BL. 2017. Testosterone and progesterone concentrations in blow samples are biologically relevant in belugas (Delphinapterus leucas). General and Comparative Endocrinology 246: 183-193. DOI: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2016.12.006

Richard JT, Schmitt T, Haulena M, Vezzi N, Dunn JL, Romano T, and Sartini BL. 2017. Seasonal variation in testes size and density detected in belugas (Delphinapterus leucas) via ultrasonography. Journal of Mammalogy 98(3): 874-884. DOI:10.1093/jmammal/gyx032

Richard JT, Schultz KL, Goertz C, Hobbs RC, Romano T, and Sartini BL. 2017. Assessing the quantity and downstream performance of DNA isolated from beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) blow samples. Aquatic Mammals 43(4): 398-408. DOI: 10.1578/AM.43.4.2017.398