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Department of Zoology


I am interested in applied ecology, in particular, aquatic conservation. My research focuses on the quagga mussel (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis), which is an invasive filter-feeding freshwater bivalve, first reported in the UK in 2014. Despite predictions that they could cause more damage than the closely related zebra mussels, virtually no study has been conducted on their ecological effect in the UK. My research aims to understand the following aspects of quagga mussels:

  1. Current distribution and spread potential in the UK
  2. Interaction between quagga mussels and zebra mussels that leads to the replacement of existing zebra mussels by the newly invading quagga mussels observed worldwide
  3. The effect of quagga mussels on native unionids and the difference in effect to zebra mussel


I am an MPhil student supervised by Dr David Aldridge and have recently graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in Biological Sciences.

Postgraduate Student (MPhil)