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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

Keywords

  • 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
mussels Agriculture & Biology
invasive species Earth & Environmental Sciences
Mytilus galloprovincialis Agriculture & Biology

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Research Output 2012 2019

functional response
handling time
fish
native species
aquaculture

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
molt
feeding behavior
molting
43 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
File
mussels
Mytilus galloprovincialis
littoral zone
South Africa
habitats
37 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
File
Brachyura
Carcinus maenas
Northern Ireland
crabs
Canada
21 Downloads (Pure)

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
File
prey preference
mussels
predator
predators
Asteroidea

Activities 2018 2019

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

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)
2019

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

File

UWS Learning, Teaching & Research Conference 2018

Kath Sloman (Speaker), Mhairi Alexander (Speaker)
Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

STEM for Britain Poster Competition, House of Commons, UK Parliament

Marie Seraphim (Speaker), Mhairi Alexander (Participant), Noel Janetski (Participant), Donna Snellgrove (Participant), Jamaluddin Jompa (Participant), Rohani Ambo Rappe (Participant), Alastair Harborne (Participant), Kath Sloman (Participant)
13 Mar 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

File

UWS Learning, Teaching & Research Conference 2018

Marie Seraphim (Speaker), Mhairi Alexander (Participant), Noel Janetski (Participant), Donna Snellgrove (Participant), Jamaluddin Jompa (Participant), Rohani Ambo Rappe (Participant), Alastair Harborne (Participant), Kath Sloman (Participant)
2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

File

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