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Department of Zoology



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 DC, Moggridge GD, Elliott P (2006) Microencapsulated BioBullets for the control of biofouling zebra mussels. Environmental Science and Technology, 40, 975-979. https://doi: 10.1021/es050614+

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 needs. Water Research 75, 63-83.

Gallardo, B., Aldridge, DC (2015) Is Great Britain heading for a Ponto-Caspian Invasional Meltdown? Journal of Applied Ecology 52, 41-49  https://DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12348

Ricciardi A, Blackburn TM, Carlton JT, Dick JTA, Hulme PE, Iacarella JC, Jeschke JM, Liebhold AM, Lockwood JL, MacIsaac HJ, Pyšek P, Richardson DM, Ruiz GM, Simberloff D, Sutherland WJ, Wardle DA, Aldridge DC (2017) Invasion science: a horizon scan of emerging challenges and opportunities. Trends in Ecology and Evolution

Sousa R, Gutierrez JL, Aldridge DC (2009) Non-indigenous invasive bivalves as ecosystem engineers. Biological Invasions, 11, 2367-2385. https://doi:10.1007/s10530-009-9422-7

Willer DF, Aldridge DC (2020) Sustainable bivalve farming can deliver food security in the tropics. Nature Food 1(7), 384-388.


Other publications: 


Aldridge DC, Bespayala Y, Bolotov I, Douda K, Geist J, Haag W, Klunzinger M, Lopes-Lima M, Mlambo M, Riccardi N, Sousa R, Strayer D, Torres S, Vaughn C, Zajac T, Zieritz A, Ollard I (2022) Freshwater mussel conservation: a global horizon scan of emerging threats and opportunities. Global Change Biology 29, 575-589.

Brian JI, Aldridge DC (2022) Factors at multiple scales drive parasite community structure. Journal of Animal Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13853

Brian JI, Aldridge DC (2022) Mussel parasite richness and risk of extinction. Conservation Biology e13979. doi: 10.1111/cobi.13979

Brian JI, Reynolds SA, Aldridge DC (2022) Parasitism dramatically alters the ecosystem services provided by freshwater mussels. Functional Ecology

Campanati C, Arantzamendi L, Zorita I, Juez A, Aldridge DC (2022) Microencpasulated diets using thrausochytrids and macroalgae side streams for nursery rearing of Mytilus galloprovincialis spat Journal of the World Aquaculture Society DOI: 10.1111/jwas.12912

Campanati C, Willer D, Schubert J, Aldridge DC (2022) Sustainable intensification of aquaculture through nutrient recycling and circular economies: more fish, less waste, blue growth. Reviews in Fisheries Science and Aquaculture 30, 143-169.

Christie AP, Aldridge DC, Gallardo B, Ó hÉigeartaigh S, Petrovan SO, Sutherland WJ (2022). Strengthen biosecurity when rewiring global food supply chains. Nature, 606 (7916), 864.

Gallardo B, Sutherland WJ, Martin P, Aldridge DC (2022) Applying fault tree analysis to biological invasions identifies optimal targets for effective biosecurity. Journal of Applied Ecology

Harianja MF, Luke SH, Barclay H, Chey VK, Aldridge DC, Foster WA, Turner EC (2022) Length-biomass equations to allow rapid assessment of semi-aquatic bug (Gerromorpha, Hemiptera) biomass in tropical streams. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 171, 102-115.

McCarthy AH, Peck LS, Aldridge DC (2022) Ship traffic connects Antarctica’s fragile coasts to worldwide ecosystems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 119, e2110303118

Ollard IS, Aldridge DC (2022) Declines in freshwater mussel density, size and productivity in the River Thames over the past half century. Journal of Animal Ecology 92, 112-123.

Sheridan EA, Fonvielle, Cottingham S, Zhang Y, Dittmar T, Aldridge DC, Tanentzap AJ (2022) Plastic pollution fosters more microbial growth in lakes than natural organic matter. Nature Communications 13, 4175.

Sousa, R., Zajac, T., Halabowski, H., … & Aldridge, D.C. (2022) A roadmap for the conservation of freshwater mussels in Europe. Conservation Biology,

Sutherland W.J., Robinson J.M., Aldridge D.C., Alamenciak T., Armes M., Baranduin N., Bladon A.J., Breed M.F., Dyas N., Elphick C.S., Griffiths R.A., Hughes J., Middleton B., Littlewood N.A., Mitchell R., Morgan W.H., Mosley R., Petrovan S.O., Prendergast K., Ritchie E.G., Raven H., Smith R.K., Watts S.H. & Thornton A. (2022) Creating testable questions in practical conservation: a process and 100 questions, Conservation Evidence Journal 19, 1-7. DOI:

Vereycken JE, Aldridge DC (2002) Bivalve molluscs as biosensors of water quality: sate of the art and future directions. Hydrobiologia 850, 231-256

Zieritz A, Sousa R, Aldridge DC, Douda K, Esteves E, Ferreira N, Mageroy J, Nizzoli D, Osterling M, Reis J, Riccardi N, Daill X, Gumpinger K, Linovaz S (2022) A global synthesis of ecosystem services provided and disrupted by freshwater bivalve molluscs. Biological Reviews 97, 1967-1998


Brian JI, Aldridge DC (2021) Abundance data applied to a novel model invertebrate host shed new light on parasite community assembly in nature. Journal of Animal Ecology 90, 1096-1108

Brian JI, Aldridge DC (2021) A rapid, nondestructive method for sampling castrating parasites in endangered bivalve molluscs. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 31, 729-735

Brian JI, Ollard IS, Aldridge DC (2021) Don't move a mussel? Parasite and disease risk in conservation action. Conservation Letters e12799

Campanatti C, Willer D, Schubert J, Aldridge DC (2021) Sustainable intensification of aquaculture through nutrient recycling and circular economies: more fish, less waste, Blue Growth. Reviews in Fisheries Science & Aquaculture, DOI: 10.1080/23308249.2021.1897520

Kemp L, Aldridge DC et al. (2021) 80 questions for UK biological security. PLoS One, 16, e0241190

Petrovan SO, Aldridge DC et al. (2021) Post COVID19: a solution scan of options for preventing future zoonotic epidemics. Biological Reviews

Reynolds SA, Aldridge DC (2021) Impacts of invasive quagga mussels (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis) on reservoir water quality, as revealed by progressive-change BACIPS analysis. Water Research 197, 117105

Ricciardi A, Iacarella JC, Aldridge DC et al. (2021) Four priority areas to advance invasion science in the face of rapid environmental change. Environmental Reviews 29, 119-141

Sutherland WJ, Taylor NG, Aldridge DC et al. (2021) A solution scan of societal options to reduce transmission and spread of respiratory viruses: SARS-CoV-2 as a case study. Journal of Biosafety and Biosecurity

Tang F, Aldridge DC (2021) Using osmotic shock to control invasive aquatic species. Journal of Environmental Management 279, 111604

Yi W, Rücklin M, Poelmann RE, Aldridge DC, Richardson MK (2021) Normal stages of embryonic development of a brood parasite, the rosy bitterling Rhodeus ocellatus (Teleostei: Cypriniformes). Journal of Morphology 282, 783-819.



Böhm M, Dewhurst-Richman NI, Seddon M, Ledger SHE, Albrecht C, … Aldridge DC, et al. (2020) Conservation status of the world’s freshwater molluscs. Hydrobiologia 848, 3231-3254

Brian JI, Aldridge DC (2020) An efficient photograph-based quantitative method for assessing castrating trematode parasites in bivalve molluscs. Parasitology 147, 1375-1380.

Gallardo B, Aldridge DC (2020) Priority setting for invasive species management by the water industry. Water Research 178, 115771

Himson SJ, Kinsey NP, Aldridge DC, Williams M, Zalasiewicz J (in press) Invasive mollusc faunas of the River Thames exemplify biostratigraphical characterization of the Anthropocene. Lethaia 53, 267-279.

Martin PA, Shakelford GE, Bullock JM, Gallardo B, Aldridge DC et al. (2020) Management of UK priority invasive alien plants: a systematic review protocol. Environmental Evidence 9, 1-11

Stellbrink B, Richter R, Kohler F, Riedel F, Strong EE, Van Bocxlaer B, Albrecht C, Hauffe T, Page TF, Aldridge DC et al. (2020) Global diversification dynamics since the Jurassic: low dispersal and habitat-dependent evolution explain hotspots of diversity and shell disparity in river snails (Viviparidae). Systematic Biology 69, 944-961.

Teiga-Teixeira J, Froufe E, Gomes-dos-Santos A, Bogan AE, Karatayev AY, Burlakova LE, Aldridge DC et al. (2020) Complete mitochondrial genomes of the freshwater mussels Amblema plicata (Say, 1817), Pleurobema oviforme (Conrad, 1834), and Popenaias popeii (Lea, 1857) (Bivalvia: Unionidae: Ambleminae). Mitochondrial DNA Part B 5, 2959-2961.

Willer DF, Aldridge DC (2020) From pest to profit – the potential of shipworms for sustainable aquaculture. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems 4, 164.

Willer DF, Aldridge DC (2020) Sustainable bivalve farming can deliver food security in the tropics. Nature Food 1(7), 384-388.

Willer DF, Aldridge DC (2020) Vitamin bullets: microencapsulated feeds to fortify shellfish and tackle human nutrient deficiencies. Frontiers in Nutrition 7, 102.

Willer DF, Furse S, Aldridge DC (2020) Microencapsulated algal feeds as a sustainable replacement diet for broodstock in commercial bivalve aquaculture. Scientific Reports 10, 12577

Zieritz A, Froufe E, Bolotov I, Goncalves DV, Aldridge DC et al. (2000) Mitogenomic phylogeny and fossil-calibrated mutation rates for all F-and M-type mtDNA genes of the largest freshwater mussel family, the Unionidae (Bivalvia). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, zlaa153


Brian JI, Aldridge DC (2019) Endosymbionts: an overlooked threat in the conservation of freshwater mussels. Biological Conservation 237, 155-165.

Browne DH, Aldridge DC, Rhodes C, Sutherland WJ (2019) Brexit threatens biosecurity – from data to strategy. Nature 567, 461.

Choi HS, Kim YH, Aldridge DC, Kim BH (2019) Identification of optimal filtration conditions for the management of eutrophic waters by freshwater mussels using response surface methodology. Water and the Environment Journal 33, 292-299.

Froufe E, Bolotov I, Aldridge DC et al. (2019) Mesozoic mitogenome rearrangements and freshwater mussel (Bivalvia: Unionoidea) macroevolution. Heredity 124, 182-196.

Gomes-dos-Santos A, Froufe E, Amara R, Ondina P, Breton S, Guerra D, Aldridge DC et al. (2019) The male and female complete mitochondrial genomes of the threatened freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera (Linnaeus, 1758) (Bivalvia: Margaritiferidae). Mitochondrial DNA Part B 4, 1417-1420.

Lundquist SL, Worthington TA, Aldridge DC (2019) Freshwater mussels as a tool for reconstructing climate history. Ecological Indicators 101, 11-21.

McCarthy AH, Peck LS, Hughes KA, Aldridge DC (2019) Antarctica: the final frontier for marine biological invasion. Global Change Biology 25, 2221-2241.

Reynolds S, Aldridge DC (2020) Embracing the allelopathic potential of invasive aquatic plants to manipulate freshwater ecosystems. Frontiers in Environmental Science 8, 302.

Reynolds SA, Davey MP, Aldridge DC (2019) Harnessing Synthetic Ecology for commercial algae production. Scientific Reports 9, 9756

Roy H, Bacher S, Essl F, Adriaens T, Aldridge DC et al.  (2019) Developing a list of invasive alien species likely to threaten biodiversity and ecosystems in the European Union. Global Change Biology 25, 1032-1048

Smith ERC, Bennion H, Sayer CD, Aldridge DC, Owen M. (2020) Recreational angling as a pathway for invasive non-native species spread: awareness of biosecurity and the risk of long distance movement into Great Britain. Biological Invasions 22, 1135-1159

Strayer DL, Adamovich BV, Adrian R, Aldridge DC et al. (2019) Long-term population dynamics of dreissenid mussels (Dreissena polymorpha and D. rostriformis): a cross-system analysis. Ecosphere 10, e02701

Tang F, Kemp J, Aldridge DC (2020) Life on the edge: compensatory growth and feeding rates at environmental extremes mediates potential ecosystem engineering by an invasive bivalve. Science of the Total Environment 706, 135741

Willer DF, Aldridge DC (2019) Microencapsulated diets to improve bivalve shellfish aquaculture for global food security. Global Food Security 23, 64-73

Willer DF, Aldridge DC (2019) Microencapsulated diets to improve growth and survivorship in juvenile European flat oysters (Ostrea edulis). Aquaculture 505, 256-262.

Willer DF, Smith K, Aldridge DC (2019) Matches and mismatches between global conservation efforts and global conservation priorities. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 7, 297



Gallardo B, Aldridge DC (2018) Inter-basin water transfers and the expansion of aquatic invasive species. Water Research 143, 282-291

Kemp JS, Aldridge DC (2018) Comparative functional responses to explain the impact of sympatric invasive bivalves (Dreissena spp.) under different thermal regimes. Journal of Molluscan Studies 84, 175-181

Kemp JS, Tang F, Aldridge DC (2018) Quantifying invader impact: applying functional response metrics to a rapidly spreading non-native species. Freshwater Biology 63, 1514-1522.

Lopes-Lima M, Bolotov IN, Aldridge DC, Fonseca MM, Gan HM, Gofarov MY, Kondakov AV, Prié V, Sousa R, Varandas S, Vikhrev IV, Teixeira A, Wu R-W, Wu X, Zieritz A, Froufe E, Bogan AE (2018) Expansion and systematics redefinition of the most threatened freshwater mussel family, the Margaritiferidae. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 127, 98-118

Smith BR, Aldridge DC, Tanentzap AJ (2018) Mussels can both outweigh and interact with the effects of terrestrial to freshwater resource subsidies on littoral benthic communities. Science of the Total Environment 622, 49-56

Zalasiewicz J, Waters C, Williams M, Aldridge DC, Wilkinson IP (2017) The stratigraphical signature of the Anthropocene in England and its wider context. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 129, 482-491




Dick JTA, Laverty C, Lennon JL, …. Aldridge DC, Caffrey JM (2017) Invader relative impact potential: a new metric to understand and predict the ecological impacts of existing, emerging and future invasive alien species. Journal of Applied Ecology 54 (4), 1259-1267

Du LN, Jiang YE, Chen XY, Yang JX, Aldridge DC (2017) A family-level macroinvertebrate biotic index for ecological assessment of lakes in Yunnan, China. Water Resources 44 (6), 864-874

Gallardo B, Aldridge DC, GonzálezMoreno P, Pergl J, Pizaro M, Pyšek P, Thuiller W, Yesson C, Vilà M (2017) Protected areas offer refuge from invasive species spreading under climate change. Global Change Biology doi.10.1111/gcb.13798

Lopes-Lima M, Fonseca MM, Aldridge DC, Bogan AE, Gan HM, Ghamzi M, Sousa R, Teixeira A, Varandas S, Zanatta D, Zieritz A, Froufe E (2017) The first Margaritiferidae male (M-type) mitogenome: mitochondrial gene order as a potential character for determining higher-order phylogeny within Unionida (Bivalvia). Journal of Molluscan Studies 83, 249-252.

Luke SH, Barclay H, Bidin K, Chey VC, Ewers RM, Foster WA, Nainar A, Pfeifer M, Reynolds G, Turner EC, Walsh RPD, Aldridge DC (2017) The effects of catchment and riparian forest quality on stream environmental conditions across a tropical rainforest and oil palm landscape in Malaysian Borneo. Ecohydrology 10 (4), e1827

Luke SH, Dow RA, Butler S, Chey VC, Aldridge DC, Foster WA, Turner EC (2017) The impacts of habitat disturbance on adult and larval dragonflies (Odonata) in rainforest streams in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Freshwater Biology 62, 491-506

Paillex A, Castella E, zu Ermgassen P, Gallardo B, Aldridge DC (2017) Large river floodplains as a natural laboratory: non-native macroinvertebrates benefit from elevated temperatures. Ecosphere 8(10) e01972

Ricciardi A, Blackburn TM, Carlton JT, Dick JTA, Hulme PE, Iacarella JC, Jeschke JM, Liebhold AM, Lockwood JL, MacIsaac HJ, Pyšek P, Richardson DM, Ruiz GM, Simberloff D, Sutherland WJ, Wardle DA, Aldridge DC (2017) Invasion science: a horizon scan of emerging challenges and opportunities. Trends in Ecology and Evolution

Ricciardi A, Blackburn TM, Carlton JT, Dick JTA, Hulme PE, Iacarella JC, Jeschke JM, Liebhold AM, Lockwood JL, MacIsaac HJ, Pyšek P, Richardson DM, Ruiz GM, Simberloff D, Sutherland WJ, Wardle DA, Aldridge DC (2017) Invasion science: looking forward rather than revisiting old ground–a reply to Zenni et al. Trends in Ecology and Evolution

Willer D, Aldridge DC. (2017) Microencapsulated diets to increase bivalve shellfish production and improve global food security. Royal Society Open Science



Chowdhury GW, Zieritz A, Aldridge DC (2016) Ecosystem engineering by mussels supports biodiversity and water clarity in a heavily polluted lake in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Freshwater Science 38, 188-199

Gallardo B, Zieritz A, Adriens T, Bellard C, Boets P, Britton JR, Newman J, Van Valkenburg JLCH, Aldridge DC (2016) Trans-national horizon scanning for invasive non-native species: a case study in western Europe. Biological Invasions DOI 10.1007/s10530-015-0986-0 [IF 2.716]

Gordon TAC, Wilding EL, Aldridge DC (2016) Predation of freshwater gastropods (Viviparus viviparus) by brown rats (Rattus norvegicus). Journal of Molluscan Studies eyw012

Lopes-Lima M, Sousa R, Geist J, Aldridge DC, et al. (2016) Conservation status of freshwater mussels in Europe: state of the art and future challenges. Biological Reviews

Pilotto F, Sousa R, Aldridge DC (2016) Is the body condition of the invasive zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) enhanced through attachment to native freshwater mussels (Bivalvia, Unionidae)? Science of the Total Environment 553, 243-249.

Zieritz A, Gallardo B, Baker SJ, Britton JR, van Valkenburg JLCH, Verreycken H, Aldridge DC (2016) Changes in pathways and vectors of biological invasions in Northwest Europe. Biological Invasions DOI: 10.1007/s10530-016-1278-z



Chowdhury GW, Gallardo B, Aldridge DC (2015) Development and testing of a biotic index to assess the ecological quality of lakes in Bangladesh. Hydrobiologia 765, 55-69  10.1007/s10750-015-2399-6

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 needs. Water Research 75, 63-83

Gallardo, B., Aldridge, DC (2015) Is Great Britain heading for a Ponto-Caspian Invasional Meltdown? Journal of Applied Ecology DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12348

Lopez-Lima, M, Sousa, R, Teixera, A., Varandas, S., Riccardi, N, Aldridge, DC, Froufe, E (2015) Newly developed microsatellite markers for the pan-European duck mussel, Anodonta anatina: revisiting the main mitochondrial lineages. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems DOI: 10.1002/aqc.2575

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

Truhlar, AM, Aldridge, DC (2015) Differences in behavioural traits between two potentially invasive amphipods, Dikerogammarus villosus and Gammarus pulex. Biological Invasions 17, 1569-1579.

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



Aldridge, DC, Ho, S, Froufe E (2014) The Ponto-Caspian quagga mussel, Dreissena rostriformis bugensis (Andrusov, 1897), invades Great Britain Aquatic Invasions 9, 529-535

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 longdistance 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

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

Zieritz, A, Sartori, AF, Bogan, AE, Aldridge, DC (2014) Reconstructing the evolution of umbonal sculptures in the UnionidaJournal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12077



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, 317-325

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Toxicology 105, 589-59

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(10). 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(11), 1365-1375.

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



Ermgassen, P. S. E. Z., & 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

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

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

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

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



Keller, R. P., Zu Ermgassen, P. S., & Aldridge, D. C. (2009, December). Vectors and timing of freshwater invasions in Great Britain. Conservation Biology 23, 1526-1534

Sousa, R., Gutierrez, J. L., & Aldridge, D. C. (2009). Non-indigenous invasive bivalves as ecosystem engineers. Biological Invasions, 11, 2367-2385

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



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

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



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

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


Pre 2007

Aldridge, D. C. (1999). Development of European bitterling in the gills of freshwater mussels. Journal of Fish Biology, 54, 138-151

Aldridge, D. C. (1999). The morphology, growth and reproduction of Unionidae (Bivalvia) in a fenland waterway. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 65, 47-60

Aldridge, D. C. (2000). The impacts of dredging and weed cutting on a population of freshwater mussels (Bivalvia : Unionidae). Biological Conservation, 95, 247-257

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

Aldridge, D. C., Elliott, P., & Moggridge, G. D. (2004). The recent and rapid spread of the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) in Great Britain. Biological Conservation, 119, 253-261. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2003.11.008

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

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

Aldridge, D. C., & Muller, S. J. (2001). The Asiatic clam, Corbicula fluminea, in Britain: Current status and potential impacts. Journal of Conchology, 37, 177-183

Costa, R., Saraiva, P. M., Elliott, P., Aldridge, D. C., & Moggridge, G. D. (2006). Improved solutions for zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) control-a chemical product engineering approach. Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, 21, 755-761

Elliott, P., Aldridge, D. C., Moggridge, G. D., & Chipps, M. (2005). The increasing effects of zebra mussels on water installations in England. Water and Environment Journal, 19, 367-375

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


ii) Books


Aldridge DC, Aldridge SL, Mead A, Scales H, Smith RK, Zieritz A, Sutherland WJ (2015) Control of freshwater invasive species. Global evidence for the effects of selected interventions. The University of Cambridge.

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



iii) Book Chapters


Aldridge D, Smith R.K. & Sutherland W.J. (2015) Some aspects of control of freshwater invasive species. In Sutherland, W.J., Dicks, L.V., Ockendon, N., & Smith, R.K. What Works in Conservation. Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers. pp. 285-292.

Aldridge, D.C. (2010). The zebra mussel in Britain: history of spread and impacts. In Zebra Mussels in Europe (Eds. Van der Velde, G. & Rajagopal, S.). Backhuys Publishers, Leiden.

Elliott, P., Aldridge, D.C. & Moggridge, G.D. (2010) The development of micro-encapsulated toxins to control zebra mussels. In Zebra Mussels in Europe (Eds. Van der Velde, G. & Rajagopal, S.). Backhuys Publishers, Leiden.

Aldridge, D.C. (2004). 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). Harley Books, Colchester pp. 84-86


Dawson Professor of Zoology, St. Catharine's College
Head of Aquatic Ecology Group

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