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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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predators Agriculture & Biology
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introduced species Earth & Environmental Sciences
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invasive species Earth & Environmental Sciences
mussels Agriculture & Biology
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Research Output 2012 2018

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

intertidal environment
invasive species
relative abundance

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

Impacts of mussel invasions on the prey preference of two native predators

Alexander, M. 14 Mar 2018 In : Behavioral Ecology. 29, 2, p. 353-359

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
indigenous species

Out of the pot and into the fire: explaining the vulnerability of an endangered small headwater stream fish to black-bass Micropterus spp. invasion

Ellender, B. R., Weyl, O. L. F., Alexander, M., Luger, A. M., Nagelkerke, L. A. J. & Woodford, D. J. 1 Apr 2018 In : Journal of Fish Biology. 92, 4, p. 1035-1050

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Shifting interaction strength between estuarine mysid species across a temperature gradient

Wasserman, R. J., Cuthbert, R., Alexander, M. & Dalu, T. 21 Jul 2018 In : Marine Environmental Research. 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

temperature profiles
Thermal gradients
temperature gradient
functional response

Activities 2018 2018

  • 2 Participation in conference

UWS Learning, Teaching & Research Conference 2018

Sloman, K. (Speaker), Alexander, M. (Speaker)
Jun 2018

Activity: Participation in conference

Society for Experimental Biology

Sloman, K. (Invited speaker), Lewis Eaton (Participant), Priyadarshini Tamilselvan (Participant), Sánchez Lacalle, D. (Participant), Bardera, G. (Participant), Alexander, M. (Participant), Donna Snellgrove (Participant)
Jul 2018

Activity: Participation in conference


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