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Area of academic expertise - outline

My research is multidisciplinary and integrative, and I combine laboratory experiments and field surveys to address applied and basic research questions in aquatic ecology. In particular I am interested in:

  • Understanding and predicting impacts of invasive species
  • Predator-prey dynamics under changing environments
  • Multiple environmental stressors and how they affect biotic interactions

Current research activities

  • The attractiveness of shrimp feed in aquaculture
  • The reestablishment of fish communities on restored coral reefs
  • Impact of invasive prey on a native predator
  • Size determination of predator-prey interactions
  • Anthropogenic noise and its impact on biotic interactions

Desired research direction

  • Impacts of pollutants on predator-prey interactions
  • The role of the developmental environment in shaping future behaviour
  • Mathematical modelling of food webs

Target collaborative companies

  • Mars WALTHAM
  • Skretting

Target collaborative organisations

  • University of Exeter
  • University of Portsmouth
  • University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

  • Functional responses and associated statistical modelling
  • Marine invertebrate behaviour 
  • Animal husbandry and lab maintenance of specimens

External positions

Research Associate, Stellenbosch University

1 Jan 20161 Jan 2018


  • QL Zoology
  • Aquatic
  • Stressors
  • Invasive species
  • Biotic interactions
  • Behaviour
  • Predator-prey

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functional response Earth & Environmental Sciences
predators Agriculture & Biology
predator Earth & Environmental Sciences
South Africa Agriculture & Biology
introduced species Earth & Environmental Sciences
Litopenaeus vannamei Agriculture & Biology
mussels Agriculture & Biology
invasive species Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2012 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Assessing the impacts of the introduced channel catfish Ictalurus punctatus using the comparative functional response approach

Faria, L., Alexander, M. E. & Vitule, J. R. S., Dec 2019, In : Fisheries Management and Ecology. 26, 6, p. 570-577 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

functional response
handling time
native species
24 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access

The effect of short-term feed-deprivation and moult status on feeding behaviour of the Pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei)

Bardera, G., Owen, M. A. G., Pountney, D., Alexander, M. E. & Sloman, K. A., 15 Sep 2019, In : Aquaculture. 511, 10 p., 734222.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

feed deprivation
Litopenaeus vannamei
feeding behavior
2 Citations (Scopus)
103 Downloads (Pure)

Contrasting invasion patterns in intertidal and subtidal mussel communities

Skein, L., Alexander, M. & Robinson, T., 20 Apr 2018, In : African Zoology. 53, 1, p. 47-52

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mytilus galloprovincialis
littoral zone
South Africa
2 Citations (Scopus)
90 Downloads (Pure)

Functional responses of a cosmopolitan invader demonstrate intraspecific variability in consumer–resource dynamics

Howard, B. R., Barrios-O'Neill, D., Alexander, M. E., Dick, J. T. A., Therriault, T. W., Robinson, T. B. & Côté, I. M., 28 Sep 2018, In : PeerJ. 6, 22 p., 5634.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Carcinus maenas
Northern Ireland

Activities 2015 2019

  • 6 Invited talk
  • 4 Participation in conference
  • 2 Oral presentation
  • 1 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

UWS Teaching and Learning Conference 2019

Mhairi Alexander (Speaker), Kath Sloman (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Invited talk: The re-establishment of fish assemblages on restored coral reefs. Hasanuddin University, Makassar, Indonesia

Mhairi Alexander (Invited speaker), Marie Seraphim (Invited speaker), Kath Sloman (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

UWS Super Science Festival

Phillip Cowie (Presenter), Kath Sloman (Presenter), Mhairi Alexander (Presenter), Marie Seraphim (Presenter), Guillermo Bardera (Presenter)
Feb 2019

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition


International Conference for Aquatic Invasive Species

Mhairi Alexander (Speaker)
30 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Society for Experimental Biology

Kath Sloman (Invited speaker), Lewis Eaton (Participant), Priyadarshini Tamilselvan (Participant), Daniel Sánchez Lacalle (Participant), Guillermo Bardera (Participant), Mhairi Alexander (Participant), Donna Snellgrove (Participant)
Jul 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


Litopenaeus vannamei
feeding behavior
crustacean culture
feed deprivation
aquarium fish
systematic review
human health