skip to primary navigationskip to content

Dr David Aldridge

Dr David Aldridge

Senior Lecturer in Aquatic Ecology

David Aldridge is accepting applications for PhD students.

Room 3.20 David Attenborough Building
Office Phone: 01223 (3)34436 or (3)31769

Research Themes

Conservation Science:
All Principal Investigators:

Freshwater mussels, Biofoulers and Invasive Species

Research Interests

My work focuses on applied freshwater ecology, with a particular emphasis on bivalve molluscs. My particular interests are the conservation of rare species and threatened ecosystems, the biology and control of invasive species, and the use of biological processes to develop sustainable remediation and monitoring programmes for degraded waterbodies. A considerable part of my work involves collaboration with the water industry, government agencies and NGOs, and these collaborations provide a significant part of my research funding. While the end-points of my work often have important applications, my research is driven by an enthusiasm for addressing fundamental questions in pure biology and ecology.

I am director and co-founder of BioBullets Ltd., a company that has developed a novel and environmentally-friendly way of controlling some of the world’s biggest aquatic pests. I currently have collaborative projects running in Europe, North America, South America, Bangladesh and China. I am always open to taking on new members of the team, including M.Phil. students, Ph.D. students, PostDocs and other research visitors.

Key Publications

Aldridge, D.C., Moggridge, G.D. & Elliott, P. (2006) Microencapsulated BioBullets for the control of biofouling zebra mussels. Environmental Science and Technology40, 975-979. doi: 10.1021/es050614+

Elliott, P., Aldridge, D. C. & Moggridge, G. D. (2008) Zebra mussel filtration and its potential uses in industrial water treatment. Water Research42, 1664-1674. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2007.10.020

Gallardo, B., Aldridge, D.C. (2013b) Priority setting for invasive species management: risk assessment of Ponto-Caspian invasive species into Great Britain Ecological Applications 23, 352-364

Gallardo, B., Aldridge, DC (2015) Is Great Britain heading for a Ponto-Caspian Invasional Meltdown? Journal of Applied Ecology 52, 41-49

Keller, R. P., zu Ermgassen, P.S.E. & Aldridge, D. C. (2009) Vectors and timing of freshwater invasions in Great Britain. Conservation Biology23, 1526-1534. doi:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2009.01249.x

Other Publications


Eerkes-Medrano, D, Thompson, RC, Aldridge, DC (2015) Microplastics in freshwater systems: A review of the emerging threats, identification of knowledge gaps and prioritisation of research needsWater Research 75, 63-82

Gallardo, B., Aldridge, DC (2015) Is Great Britain heading for a Ponto-Caspian Invasional Meltdown? Journal of Applied Ecology 52, 41-49

Paillex, A, Castella, E, zu Ermgassen, PSE, Aldridge, DC (2015) Testing predictions of changes in alien and native macroinvertebrate communities and their interaction after the restoration of a large river floodplain (French Rhône) Freshwater Biology DOI 10.1111/fwb.12541

Zieritz, A, Sartori, AF, Bogan, AE, Aldridge, DC (2015) Reconstructing the evolution of umbonal sculptures in the UnionidaJournal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 53, 76-86



Bovy, HC, Barrios-O’Neill, D, Emmerson, MC, Aldridge, DC, Dick, JTA (2014) Predicting the predatory impacts of the ‘‘demon shrimp’’ Dikerogammarus haemobaphes, on native and previously introduced species. Biological Invasions DOI 10.1007/s10530-014-0751-9

Dodd, JA, Dick, JTA, Alexander ME, McNeil C, Dunn AM, Aldridge, DC (2014)  Predicting the ecological impacts of a new freshwater invader: functional responses and prey selectivity of the invasive 'killer shrimp' Dikerogammarus villosus compared with the native Gammarus pulex. Freshwater Biology 59, 337-352

Froufe, E, Sobral, C, Teixeira, A, Sousa, R, Varandas, S, Aldridge, DC, Lopez-Lima, M (2014) Genetic diversity of the pan-European freshwater mussel Anodonta anatina (Bivalvia: Unionoida) based on CO1: new phylogenetic insights and implications for conservation. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 24, 561–574

McLaughlan, C, Rose, P, Aldridge, DC (2014) Making the Best of a Pest: The Potential for Using Invasive Zebra Mussel (Dreissena Polymorpha) Biomass as a Supplement to Commercial Chicken Feed. Environmental Management DOI 10.1007/s00267-014-0335-6

McLaughlan, C., Gallardo, B., Aldridge, DC (2014) How complete is our knowledge of the ecosystem services impacts of Europe's top 10 invasive species? Acta Oecologia 54, 119-130

Pigneur, LM, Etoundi, E, Aldridge, DC, Marescaux, J, Yasuda, N, Van Doninck, K (2014) Genetic uniformity and long‐distance clonal dispersal in the invasive androgenetic Corbicula clams. Molecular Ecology 23, 5102–5116

Quinn, A., Gallardo, B., Aldridge DC (2014) Quantifying the ecological niche overlap between two interacting invasive species: the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) and the quagga mussel (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis). Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 24, 324-337

Roy, HE, Peyton, J,  Aldridge, DC et al. (2014) Horizon scanning for invasive alien species with the potential to threaten biodiversity in Great Britain. Global Change Biology doi: 10.1111/gcb.12603

Truhlar, AM, Dodd, JA, Aldridge DC (2014) Differential leaf-litter processing by native (Gammarus pulex) and invasive (Dikerogammarus villosus) freshwater crustaceans under environmental extremes. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 24, 56-65 [IF 1.917]

Zieritz, A., Gallardo, B, Aldridge, DC (2014) Registry of non-native species in the Two Seas

region countries (Great Britain, France, Belgium and The Netherlands) Neobiota doi: 10.3897/neobiota.@@.5665



Calazans, SHC, Americo, JA, Fernandes FC, Aldridge DC, Rebelo, MF (2013) Assessment of toxicity of dissolved and microencapsulated biocides for control of the Golden Mussel, Limnoperna fortunei. Marine Environmental Research 91, 104-108

Du, LN, Yang JX, Rintelen T, Chen XY, Aldridge DC (2013) Molecular phylogenetic evidence that the Chinese viviparid genus Margarya (Gastropoda: Viviparidae) is polyphyletic. Chinese Science Bulletin 58, 2154-2162.

Gallardo, B, Aldridge, DC (2013a) Evaluating the combined threat of climate change and biological invasions on endangered species Biological Conservation. 160, 225-233

Gallardo, B, Aldridge, DC (2013b) Priority setting for invasive species management: risk assessment of Ponto-Caspian invasive species into Great Britain. Ecological Applications 23, 352-364

Gallardo, B, Aldridge, DC (2013c) The ‘dirty dozen’: socio-economic factors amplify the invasion potential of high risk aquatic invasive species in Great Britain and Ireland. Journal of Applied Ecology 50, 757-766

Gallardo, B, zu Ermgassen, PSE, Aldridge, DC (2013) Invasion ratcheting in the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) and the ability of native and invaded ranges to predict its global distribution. Journal of Biogeography 49, 2274-2284

Mant, RC, Moggridge, GD, Aldridge DC (2013) Control of the biofouling bryozoan, Plumatella repens, using pulsed chlorine treatment  International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology 10, 199-208.

McLaughlan, C., Aldridge, DC (2013) Cultivation of zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) to improve water quality in reservoirs. Water Research 47, 4357-4369

Paillex, A, Doledec, S, Castella, E., Mérigoux, S, Aldridge, DC (2013) Functional diversity in a large river floodplain: anticipating the response of native and alien macroinvertebrates to the restoration of hydrological connectivity  Journal of Applied Ecology 50, 97-106

Truhlar, AM, Dodd, JA, Aldridge DC (2013) Differential leaf-litter processing by native (Gammarus pulex) and invasive (Dikerogammarus villosus) freshwater crustaceans under environmental extremes. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems DOI: 10.1002/aqc.2375


Costa, R., Aldridge, D.C., & Moggridge, G.D. (2012). Multicomponent molluscicide mixtures for zebra mussel control. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 38(2) 317-325   doi: 10.1016/j.jglr.2012.03.010  

Gallardo, B., Paz Errea, M., & Aldridge, D.C. (2012). Application of bioclimatic models coupled with network analysis for risk assessment of the killer shrimp, Dikerogammarus villosus, in Great Britain. Biological Invasions, 14, 1265-1278. doi:10.1007/s10530-011-0154-0

Kazamia, E., Aldridge, D. C., & Smith, A. G. (2012). Synthetic ecology - A way forward for sustainable algal biofuel production?. Journal of Biotechnology 162, SI 163-169   doi: 10.1016/j.jbiotec.2012.03.022

Mant, R. C., Moggridge, G. D., & Aldridge, D. C. (2012). Control of biofouling by Cordylophora caspia in freshwater using one-off, pulsed and intermittent dosing of chlorine: laboratory evaluation.. Biofouling, 28, 433-440. doi:10.1080/08927014.2012.683865

Mayer, D. E. B. Y., Leng, M. J., Aldridge, D. C., Arrowsmith, C., Gumus, B. A., & Sloane, H. J. (2012). Modern and early-middle Holocene shells of the freshwater mollusc Unio, from Catalhoyuk in the Konya Basin, Turkey: preliminary palaeoclimatic implications from molluscan isotope data. Journal of Archaeological Science 39, 76-83. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2011.09.003

Zieritz, A., Clucas, G., Axtmann, L., & Aldridge, D. C. (2012). Shell ecophenotype in the blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) determines the spatial pattern in foraging behaviour of an oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) population. Marine Biology, 159, 863-872. doi:10.1007/s00227-011-1862-9


Costa, R., Aldridge, D. C., & Moggridge, G. D. (2011). Preparation and evaluation of biocide-loaded particles to control the biofouling zebra mussel, Dreissena polymorpha. Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 89, 2322-2329. doi:10.1016/j.cherd.2011.02.027

Costa, R., Elliott, P., Aldridge, D. C., & Moggridge, G. D. (2011). Enhanced mortality of the biofouling zebra mussel, Dreissena polymorpha, through the application of combined control agents. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 37, 272-278 DOI: 10.1016/j.jglr.2011.01.005

Ermgassen, P. S. E. Z., & Aldridge, D. C. (2011). Predation by the invasive American signal crayfish, Pacifastacus leniusculus Dana, on the invasive zebra mussel, Dreissena polymorpha Pallas: the potential for control and facilitation. Hydrobiologia, 658, 303-315. doi:10.1007/s10750-010-0500-8

Mant, R. C., Moggridge, G., & Aldridge, D. C. (2011). Biofouling by bryozoans, Cordylophora and sponges in UK water treatment works. Water Science and Technology, 63, 1815-1822. doi:10.2166/wst.2011.384

Oreska, MPJ, Aldridge, DC (2011) Estimating the economic costs of invasive alien species as a tool for prioritization. Plant Sciences Reviews 2011, 221-232

Oreska, M. P. J., & Aldridge, D. C. (2011). Estimating the financial costs of freshwater invasive species in Great Britain: a standardized approach to invasive species costing. Biological Invasions, 13, 305-319. doi:10.1007/s10530-010-9807-7

Sousa, R., Pilotto, F., & Aldridge, D. C. (2011). Fouling of European freshwater bivalves (Unionidae) by the invasive zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha). Freshwater Biology, 56, 867-876. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2427.2010.02532.x

Spann, N., Aldridge, D. C., Griffin, J. L., & Jones, O. A. (2011). Size-dependent effects of low level cadmium and zinc exposure on the metabolome of the Asian clam, Corbicula fluminea.. Aquatic Toxicol,ogy 105, 589-59 doi:10.1016/j.aquatox.2011.08.010

von Oheimb, P. V., Albrecht, C., Riedel, F., Du, L. N., Yang, J. X., Aldridge, D. C., . . . Wilke, T. (2011). Freshwater Biogeography and Limnological Evolution of the Tibetan Plateau - Insights from a Plateau-Wide Distributed Gastropod Taxon (Radix spp.). PLOS ONE, 6. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026307

Zieritz, A., & Aldridge, D. C. (2011). Sexual, habitat-constrained and parasite-induced dimorphism in the shell of a freshwater mussel (Anodonta anatina, Unionidae).. Journal of Morphology, 272, 1365-1375. doi:10.1002/jmor.10990

Zieritz, A., Checa, A. G., Aldridge, D. C., & Harper, E. M. (2011). Variability, function and phylogenetic significance of periostracal microprojections in unionoid bivalves (Mollusca). Journal of  Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 49, 6-15. doi:10.1111/j.1439-0469.2010.00583.x


MacNeil, C., Platvoet, D., Dick, J. T. A., Fielding, N., Constable, A., Hall, N., Aldridge, D.. . . Diamond, M. (2010). The Ponto-Caspian 'killer shrimp', Dikerogammarus villosus (Sowinsky, 1894), invades the British Isles. Aquatic Invasions, 5, 441-445. doi:10.3391/ai.2010.5.4.15

Spann, N., Harper, E. M. & Aldridge, D. C. (2010) The unusual mineral vaterite in shells of the freshwater bivalve Corbicula fluminea from the UK. Naturwissenschaften, 97, 743-751. doi:10.1007/s00114-010-0692-9

Skidmore, R., Leach, C., Hoffman, J., Amos, W. & Aldridge, D.C. (2010) Conservation genetics of the endangered depressed river mussels, Pseudanodonta complanata, using amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) markers. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 20, 560-567. doi: 10.1002/aqc.1131

Zieritz, A., Hoffman, J. I., Amos, W. & Aldridge, D. C. (2010) Phenotypic plasticity and genetic isolation-by-distance in the freshwater mussel Unio pictorum (Mollusca: Unionoida). Evolutionary Ecology, 24, 923-938. doi:10.1007/s10682-009-9350-0

zu Ermgassen, P.S.E. & Aldridge D.C. (2010) Predation by the invasive American signal crayfish, Pacifastacus leniusculus Dana, on the invasive zebra mussel, Dreissena polymorpha Pallas: the potential for control and facilitation. Hydrobiologia, 658, 303-315. doi:10.1007/s10750-010-0500-8

zu Ermgassen, P.S.E. & Aldridge, D. C. (2010) The zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) impacts European bitterling (Rhodeus amarus) load in a host freshwater mussel (Unio pictorum). Hydrobiologia, 654, 83-92. doi:10.1007/s10750-010-0371-z

Pre 2010

Keller, R. P., zu Ermgassen, P.S.E. & Aldridge, D. C. (2009) Vectors and timing of freshwater invasions in Great Britain. Conservation Biology, 23, 1526-1534. doi:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2009.01249.x

Sousa, R., Gutierrez, J. L. & Aldridge, D. C. (2009) Non-indigenous invasive bivalves as ecosystem engineers. Biological Invasions, 11, 2367-2385. doi:10.1007/s10530-009-9422-7

Zieritz, A. & Aldridge, D. C. (2009) Identification of ecophenotypic trends within three European freshwater mussel species (Bivalvia: Unionoida) using traditional and modern morphometric techniques. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 98, 814-825. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8312.2009.01329.x

Aldridge, D. C., Salazar, M., Serna, A. & Cock, J. (2008) Density-dependent effects of a new invasive false mussel, Mytilopsis trautwineana (Tryon 1866), on shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei (Boone 1931), aquaculture in Colombia. Aquaculture, 281, 34-42. doi:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2008.05.022

Costa, R., Aldridge, D. C. & Moggridge, G. D. (2008) Seasonal variation of zebra mussel susceptibility to molluscicidal agents. Journal of Applied Ecology, 45, 1712-1721.

Elliott, P., Aldridge, D. C. & Moggridge, G. D. (2008) Zebra mussel filtration and its potential uses in industrial water treatment. Water Research, 42, 1664-1674. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2007.10.020

McIvor, A.L. & Aldridge, D.C. (2007) The reproductive biology of the Depressed river mussel, Pseudanodonta complanata (Bivalvia: Unionidae), with implications for its conservation. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 73, 259-266. doi: 10.1093/mollus/eym023

Aldridge, D.C., Fayle, T. & Jackson, N. (2007) Freshwater mussel abundance predicts biodiversity in UK lowland rivers. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 17: 554-564. doi: 10.1002/aqc.815

Aldridge, D.C., Moggridge, G.D. & Elliott, P. (2006) Microencapsulated BioBullets for the control of biofouling zebra mussels. Environmental Science and Technology, 40, 975-979. doi: 10.1021/es050614+

Elliott, P., Aldridge, D.C., Moggridge, G.D. & Chipps, M. (2005). The increasing effects of zebra mussels on water installations in England. Water and the Environment Journal, 19: 367-375. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-6593.2005.tb00575.x

Killeen, I.J., Aldridge, D.C. & Oliver, P.G. (2004) Freshwater Bivalves of Britain and Ireland. FSC, AIDGAP Occasional Publication 82, 114 pp.

Aldridge, D.C., Elliott, P.E. & Moggridge, G.D. (2004) The recent and rapid spread of the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) in Great Britain. Biological Conservation, 199, 253-261. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2003.11.008

Aldridge, D.C. (2004a). Conservation of freshwater unionid mussels in Britain. Journal of Conchology, Special Publication No. 3, 81-90.

Aldridge, D.C. (2004b). The Bitterling. In Freshwater Fishes in Britain: the Species and their Distribution (Eds. G. Davies, J. Shelley, J. Harding, I MacLean, R. Gardiner & G. Pierson). pp. 84-86 Harley Books, Colchester.

Aldridge, D.C. & McIvor, A.L. (2003) Gill evacuation and release of glochidia by Unio pictorum and Unio tumidus under thermal and hypoxic stress. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 69, 55-59. doi: 10.1093/mollus/69.1.55

Aldridge, D.C. & Müller, S.J. (2001) The Asiatic clam, Corbicula fluminea, in Britain: current status and potential threats. Journal of Conchology, 37, 177-184.

Aldridge, D.C. (2000) The impacts of dredging and weed cutting on a population of freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionidae). Biological Conservation, 95, 247-257. doi: 10.1016/S0006-3207(00)00045-8

Aldridge, D.C. (1999a) Development of European bitterling in the gills of freshwater mussels. Journal of Fish Biology 54, 138-151. doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8649.1999.tb00618.x

Aldridge, D.C. (1999b) The morphology, growth and reproduction of Unionidae (Bivalvia) in a fenland waterway. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 65, 47-60. doi: 10.1093/mollus/65.1.47

Aldridge, D.C. & Horne, D.C. (1998) Fossil glochidia (Bivalvia, Unionidae): identification and value in palaeoenvironmental reconstructions. Journal of Micropalaeontology, 17, 179-182. doi: 10.1144/jm.17.2.179

Reynolds, J.D., Aldridge, D.C. & Debuse, V.J. (1997) Host specialisation in an unusual symbiosis: European bitterlings spawning in freshwater mussels. Oikos, 78, 539-545. Link