Anthony Ricciardi
Associate Professor, Invasion Ecology

Redpath Museum & McGill School of Environment
McGill University

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Curriculum Vitae
   Academic background
   Professional roles and service
   Courses taught
   Research funding held
   Invited presentations &
      Conference presentations


Selected Publications

Media Coverage

Invasive Species

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Academic Background

2007-     Associate Professor, Redpath Museum and the McGill School of Environment,
                 McGill University
2001-07 Assistant Professor, Redpath Museum and the McGill School of Environment,
                 McGill University
2000      Lecturer, Dept of Biology, Dalhousie University
1999-01 Killam Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept of Biology, Dalhousie University
1996-99 NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Département de biologie, Université Laval
1992-96 Ph.D. (Aquatic Biology), McGill University
1990-92 M.Sc. (Aquatic Biology), McGill University
1987-90 B.Sc. (Environmental Biology), McGill University

Professional Roles & Service

Associate Member, Dept of Biology, McGill University

Associate Director of Research, McGill School of Environment, 2010-

Associate Editor, Diversity and Distributions, 2007-

Associate Editor, Biological Invasions, 2009-

Scientific Committee member, Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network (CAISN)

Member of the Ecosystem Management Eco-socio Research Group (EMERG)

Referee for scientific journals:

      Trends in Ecology & Evolution
      Ecology Letters
      Proceedings of the National Academy of Science
      Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
      Biology Letters
      Ecological Applications
      Environmental Science & Technology
      Marine Ecology Progress Series
      Limnology & Oceanography  
      Global Ecology & Biogeography
      Freshwater Biology
      Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
      Canadian Journal of Zoology
      Journal of Fish Biology
      Journal of Animal Ecology
      Restoration Ecology
      International Review of Hydrobiology
      American Midland Naturalist
      Environmental Management
      Journal of the North American Benthological Society

Referee for grant proposals submitted to the following agencies:

      National Sciences & Engineering Research Council (Canada)
      Canada Foundation for Innovation
      National Science Foundation (USA)
      National Environmental Research Council (UK)
      FWF Austrian Science Fund
      Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
      National Science Centre of Poland
      National Undersea Research Program (NOAA, USA)
      Sea Grant College Program (NOAA, USA)
      USEPA Great Lakes National Program
      Alberta Biodiversity Grants Program)
      Great Lakes Environmental Protection Fund
      Great Lakes Research Consortium (SUNY-Syracuse, USA)

 Courses Taught

  • Ecology of Species Invasions BIOL/ENVR540, McGill
  • Freshwater Invertebrate Ecology BIOL418, McGill
  • Animal Diversity BIOL305, McGill
  • The Global Environment ENVR200, McGill (Fall 2001-2007, 2012)
  • Ecological & Societal Impacts of Biodiversity Change ENVR380, McGill (Fall 2009)
  • Recent Advances in Biology: Biodiversity & Stability BIOL 650, McGill (Winter 2003)
  • Biological Invasions BIOL 4810, Dalhousie University (Fall 2000)

 Research Funding Held

  • NSERC Discovery Grant, Environmental mediation of the impacts of aquatic invasive species. ($230,000 total), 2011-2016
  • NSERC Research Network Grant, Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network II ($6.5 milllion, shared with 28 co-PIs), 2011-2016
  • Environment Canada, Invasive Alien Species Partnership Program, Detection of an invasive freshwater shrimp (Hemimysis anomala) in the St. Lawrence River. ($25,000), 2009-2010
  • NSERC Discovery Grant, Predicting the impact of species invasions in aquatic systems. ($120,300 total), 2007-2011
  • NSERC Research Network Grant, Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network ($5.7 milllion, shared with 25 co-PIs), 2006-2011
  • NSERC Discovery Grant, Predicting the impact of aquatic species invasions. ($105,000 total), 2002-2007
  • U.S. Department of Commerce / NOAA, Great Lakes Aquatic Nonindigenous Species Information System, 2006-2007
  • Fonds Quebecois de la Recherche sur la Nature et les Technologies, Evaluation de l'impact et du risque d'invasion aux milieux aquatiques, 2002-2005
  • Mountain Equipment Co-op Environment Fund, 2002-2003
  • McGill University Research Development Fund, 2001
  • NSERC International Opportunities Fund, International workshop to prevent invasions in the Great Lakes (co-P.I., with H.J. MacIsaac and 8 others). Co-funding provided by U.S. Dept of Commerce (NOAA), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; 1999-2000.
  • Killam Research Development Fund (Dalhousie University), 1999
  • Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship (Dalhousie University), 1999
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (Université Laval), 1996


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 Conference Presentations and Invited Lectures

69.  Impacts of biological invasions as wicked problems. Centre for Invasion Biology, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 26 November 2013.

68.  Predicting invasions: Caveats, challenges, and promising approaches. International workshop on "Impact of invasive alien species: prediction and quantification".  Leipzig, Germany, 2 July 2013.

67.  Why invasions matter: a response to recent criticisms of invasion biology. 18th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species. Niagara Falls, Ontario, 22 April 2013. (Keynote Speaker)

66.  Forecasting the impacts of introduced species: a major challenge for risk assessment. Freshwater Invasives - Networking for Strategy Conference, Galway, Ireland, 9 April 2013. (Plenary Speaker)

65.  Forecasting the ecological impacts of aquatic invasions: A major challenge for risk assessment. ICES Working Group on Introduction and Transfers of Marine Organisms, Montreal, 20 March 2013.

64.  Ecological naiveté as a mediator of the impacts of invasive species. Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, 7 March 2013.

63.  Forecasting the impacts of introduced species. Centre for Invasion Biology, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 6 August 2012.

62.  Invasive Species in the Great Lakes: Past, present, and emerging Threats. National Fish and Wildlife Conservation Congress, Ottawa, 29 May 2012.

61.   Why invasions matter: a rebuttal to recent criticisms of invasion biology. Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network, Annual General Meeting, Montreal, 2 May 2012.

60.   Why biological invasions matter: the controversy surrounding non-native species.  Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 30 August 2011.

59.   Species without borders: How biological invaders are changing the world. McGill Alumni Homecoming Event, 30 Sept 2010.

58.   The big picture: Using macroecology the understand the impacts of aquatic invasions.  17th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species, San Diego, California, 30 August 2010.

57.   Environmental mediation of exotic species interactions.  Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network, Annual General Meeting, Victoria, B.C., 27 April 2010.

56.   Invasive species as a threat to biodiversity: implications for conservation in an era of climate change. Public Forum on Biodiversity, Climate and Evolution. Sponsored by the British High Commission in Canada. McGill University, Montreal, 4 June 2009.

55.   Biological invasions as natural disasters: implications for science and management.  Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network, Annual General Meeting, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 4 May 2009.

54.   Can we predict the impacts of an introduced species from its invasion history? Odum Conference, Rennselaerville, New York, 1 May 2009.

53.   Can we predict the impacts of aquatic invasions?  16th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species, Montreal, Canada, 20 April 2009. (Plenary Speaker)

52.   Biological invasions as global change. Duke University, Center on Global Change, Durham, North Carolina, 9 April 2009.

51.   What have we learned from freshwater invasions?  31st Annual Wisconsin Lakes Convention, Green Bay, Wisconsin, 18 March 2009. (Keynote Speaker)

50.   The growth of invasion ecology in freshwater ecosystems.  International International Symposium, "Fifty Years of Invasion Ecology – The Legacy of Charles Elton", University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, 13 November 2008.

49.   Ecological distinctiveness as a driver of exotic species impacts: molluscs as a case study.  International Association for Great Lakes Research, Peterborough, Ontario, 22 May 2008.

48.   The role of species interactions in invasion success. Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network, Annual General Meeting, Banff, Alberta,  21 April 2008.

47.   Predicting the number of ecologically harmful species in an aquatic system.  International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 24 September 2007.

46.   The globalization of wildlife: How introduced animals change ecosystems. Zoological Education Trust, Public Lecture, McGill University, 22 May 2007.

45.   Global swarming: How biological invasions are changing the world.  Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, 12 April 2007.

44.   Global swarming: How invasive species are changing the world.  Global Climate Change Symposium, York University Association of Graduate Students in the Biological Sciences, 34th Annual Biology Symposium. Toronto, 24 March 2007.

43.   Biological invasions in Canada-US waters. Canada-United States Transboundary Water Relations Workshop, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Ottawa, 9 March 2007.

42.   Can we predict the impacts of invasive species in inland waters?  Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Dübendorf, Switzerland, 19 January 2007.

41.   Can we predict the impacts of exotic species in inland waters?  60th Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research/ Canadian Society of Limnologists Annual Meeting, Montreal, 5 January 2007.  (Plenary speaker)

40.   Does taxonomic distinctiveness predict fish invasions?  Ecological Society of America, 90th Annual Meeting, Montreal, 11 August 2005.

39.   Predicting the occurrence and impact of aquatic species invasions.  American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Summer Meeting, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 24 June 2005.

38.   Invasional meltdown in the Great Lakes: Past, present, and future species introductions.
Great Lakes Conference and Biennial Meeting of the International Joint Commission, Kingston, Ontario,  9 June 2005.  (Plenary speaker)

37.  Can we predict the impacts of invasive bivalves?  International Workshop on Biological Invasions in Inland Waters, Florence, Italy, 4-7 May 2005.  (Keynote speaker)

36.  Exotic dreissenid mussels in yellow perch diets.  Great Lakes Fishery Commission, Meeting of the Board of Technical Experts. Detroit, Michigan, 3 March 2005.

35.  Taxonomic distinctiveness magnifies the impact of bioinvaders in aquatic ecosystems. 13th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species. Ennis, Ireland, 24 Sept 2004.

34.  Biological Invasions in the Great Lakes: Patterns, Synergies, Predictions. University of Toronto-Mississauga, 16 April 2004.

33.  Predicting the occurrence and impact of species invasions in the Great Lakes. Symposium on Aquatic Nuisance Species Research in the Great Lakes. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, June 2003.  (Keynote speaker)

32.  A perspective on Canada's aquatic invasion problem. Testimony given to the Canadian House of Commons Committee on Fisheries, Ottawa, February 2003.

31.  Invasional meltdown in aquatic ecosystems: patterns, impacts, implications. Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research, Ottawa, January 2003.

30.  Prioritizing risk: Predicting the impact of aquatic invaders. Conference on Environmental Risk Assessment. Cleveland State University, April 2002.

29.  The future of freshwater biodiversity in North America. Dept of Biology, University of Windsor, April 2002.

28.  Invasional meltdown: Synergistic effects of introduced aquatic organisms. Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, University of Windsor, April 2002.

27. Synergistic impacts of multiple invasions: Are aquatic ecosystems experiencing invasional meltdown? Eleventh International Aquatic Nuisance Species Conference, Alexandria, Virginia, February 2002.  (Plenary speaker)

26.  Can we predict the impact of freshwater invasions? Fenner Conference of the Environment: Biodiversity Conservation in Freshwaters. Australian Academy of Science, Canberra, July 2001. (Keynote speaker)

25.  Exotic species introductions and synergisms: A growing challenge for fisheries management. Marine Biological Invasions: A Perspective on Atlantic Canada and New England. Workshop held at University of Kings College, Halifax, May 2001.

24.  Prediction and risk assessment of aquatic invasion threats. Workshop on Preventing the Introduction and Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species in North America. North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation, Montreal, Quebec, March 2001.

23.  Predicting impacts of species invasions on freshwater biodiversity. Redpath Museum & McGill School of Environment, McGill University, Feb. 2001.

22.  A predictive ecology for aquatic invertebrate invasions. Dept. of Biology, St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Jan. 2001.

21.  Marine bioinvasions: Research & management needs. Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Sept. 2000.

20.  The invasion ecology of aquatic invertebrates. Dept. of Biology, University of New Brunswick, St John, July 2000.

19.  Impact of the zebra mussel on biodiversity in the St Lawrence River. Département de biologie, Université de Montréal, June 2000.

18.  Aquatic invasion models: Biotic resistance versus facilitation. International workshop on Ponto-Caspian invaders in aquatic ecosystems in Europe & the Great Lakes; Copenhagen, June 2000.

17.  Multiple invasions of the Great Lakes by Ponto-Caspian species: Ecological homogenization in progress. American Society of Limnology & Oceanography, Summer Meeting, Copenhagen, June 2000.

16.  Towards a new aquatic invasion ecology. Dept. of Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sept. 1999.

15.  Aquatic invasion ecology: Predicting community-level impacts of the zebra mussel. College of Environmental Science & Forestry, State University of New York, Syracuse, Feb. 1999.

14.  Freshwater biodiversity: Conservation challenges and research opportunities. Redpath Museum of McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Nov. 1998.

13.  Designing a global exotic species information system. Invasive Species Database Workshop, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Oct. 1998.

12.  Impacts of the zebra mussel on benthic communities in the St. Lawrence River. Dépt. de chimie-biologie, Université de Québec à Trois-Rivières, Aug. 1998.

11.  Macrofaunal biomass of intertidal communities: In search of global patterns. Dept. of Biology, Laval University, Quebec, Dec. 1997.

10.  The zebra mussel: A classic marine mussel lifestyle in a freshwater environment. 25th Annual Benthic Ecology Meetings, Portland, Maine, April 1997.

9.  Impact of the zebra mussel on North American freshwater bivalves: An impending mass extinction? Dept. of Biology, McGill University, Montreal, January 1997.

8.  The role of Dreissena in structuring macroinvertebrate communities on hard substrata: Data from the St. Lawrence River. Sixth International Zebra Mussel and Other Aquatic Nuisance Species Conference, Dearborn, Michigan, March 1996.

7.  Limnoperna fortunei: The next macrofouling mussel to invade North America? Sixth International Zebra Mussel Conference, Dearborn, Michigan, March 1996.

6.  Patterns of zebra mussel infestation and mortality of native unionid bivalves. Society of Canadian Limnologists, Annual Conference, Montréal, Québec, January 1996.

5.  Impact of the introduced zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha)on benthic macroinvertebrates in the upper St. Lawrence River. International Conference on the St. Lawrence Ecosystem, Cornwall, Ontario, May 1995.

4.  Lethal overgrowth of dreissenid mussels by freshwater sponges: Potential biological control. Fifth International Zebra Mussel Conference, Toronto, Ontario, February 1995.

3.  Infestation and impacts of Dreissena on native unionids in the upper St. Lawrence River. Fourth International Zebra Mussel Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, March 1994.

2.  Impacts of the zebra mussel on native unionid bivalves in the St. Lawrence River. Quebec Provincial Conference on the Zebra Mussel [Conférence Provinciale sur la Moule Zébrée], Montreal, March 1994.

1.  Food of fish inhabiting a section of the St. Lawrence River (Quebec, Canada) densely colonized by the zebra mussel, Dreissena polymorpha. Fourth International Symposium on the Ecology of Fluvial Fishes, Lodz, Poland, June 1993.

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