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Department of Zoology


I am working on the application of a novel method of evidence synthesis termed ‘dynamic meta-analysis’ to better understand the impacts of invasive species on ecosystems and biodiversity, on a local and global scale.

Meta-analysis is often used to make generalisations across all available evidence at the global scale. However, there is debate over how can these global generalisations can be used for evidence-based decision making at the local scale, especially if the global evidence is not perceived to be relevant to local decisions. I will be developing an interactive method of meta-analysis, which will alter how decision makers can use and assess the local relevance of global evidence. 

The aim of my research is to harness this approach to evidence synthesis and turn it towards the appraisal of the impacts and management of invasive species.


Key publications: 

Brian, J.I., Reynolds, S.A. and Aldridge, D.C., 2022. Parasitism dramatically alters the ecosystem services provided by freshwater mussels. Functional Ecology. DOI 10.1111/1365-2435.14092

Reynolds, S.A. and Aldridge, D.C., 2021. Global impacts of invasive species on the tipping points of shallow lakes. Global Change Biology, 27(23), pp.6129-6138. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.15893

Reynolds, S.A. and Aldridge, D.C., 2021. Impacts of invasive quagga mussels (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis) on reservoir water quality, as revealed by progressive-change BACIPS analysis. Water Research, 197, p.117105. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2021.117105

Reynolds, S.A. and Aldridge, D.C., 2021. Embracing the Allelopathic Potential of Invasive Aquatic Plants to Manipulate Freshwater Ecosystems. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 8, p.551803. DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2020.551803

Reynolds, S.A., Davey, M.P. and Aldridge, D.C., 2019. Harnessing Synthetic Ecology for commercial algae production. Scientific reports, 9(1), pp.1-9. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-46135-6

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