Anthony Ricciardi, Professor
Museum & Bieler School of Environment
Professional roles and service
Research funding held
Invited presentations &
2016- Professor, Redpath Museum
and the Bieler
School of Environment, McGill University
2007-16 Associate Professor, Redpath Museum & the
McGill School of Environment,
Recipient, Frank Rigler Award (Society of Canadian Aquatic Sciences), 2018
Fellow, Trottier Institute for Science and Public Policy, 2015-17
Research Associate, Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2016-present
Associate Member, Dept of Biology, McGill University
Visiting Research Fellow, Queen's University Belfast, 2016
Associate Director of Research, McGill School of Environment, 2010-2014
FQRNT Quebec Strategic Professor-Researcher, 2002
Associate Editor, Journal of Animal Ecology, 2020-
Associate Editor, Neobiota, 2019-
Associate Editor, Biological Invasions, 2009-
Associate Editor, Diversity and Distributions, 2007-2018
Scientific Committee member, Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network, 2006-16
Referee for scientific journals:
Referee for grant proposals submitted to the following agencies:
Sciences & Engineering Research Council (Canada)
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Invited Conference Presentations and Lectures
90. Understanding the impacts of biological
invasions in aquatic ecosystems. University of
Toronto-Scarborough (New Frontiers Seminar Series), 5
89. Vector control reduces the rate of
invasion in the Great Lakes basin: a 13-year
whole-ecosystem experiment. Canadian Society of
Zoologists, virtual conference, 13 May 2022.
88. Incorporating time-since-invasion into
invasion science and risk assessment. Biology
Departmental Seminar, Queen’s University, Kingston, 30
87. The ecological transformation of the St.
Lawrence River by invasive species. 28th Annual
River Symposium, St Lawrence River Institute, 28 Oct
2021. (Plenary speaker)
86. An empirical framework for understanding
the impacts of aquatic invasions.. University of
Wisconsin-Madison, Limnology Research Centre, 10 March
85. New perspectives on aquatic invasive
species impacts and their management implications.
North American Invasive Species Management Association
(NAISMA) annual conference, 8 October 2020. (Plenary
84. Why biogeographic origins matter to
Invasion Science. 21st International Conference on
Aquatic Invasive Species. Montreal, Quebec, 28 October
2019. (Keynote speaker)
83. Are globally accelerating rates of
invasion in aquatic ecosystems sustainable?
Southern African Society of Aquatic Scientists Congress.
24 June 2018, Cape St. Francis, South Africa. (Keynote
82. Predicting impact: a challenge for
invasive species risk assessment. Management, Risk
and Early Detection of Aquatic Invasive Species. Special
session organized by AquainvadED, NEOBIOTA conference, 3
September 2018, Dublin. (Plenary speaker)
management paradigms for biological invasions: natural
disasters and sustainability. National Invasive
Species Forum, Ottawa, 1 March 2017. (Plenary speaker)
invasions: Understanding and predicting the impacts of
non-native species. University of
Wisconsin-Madison, Dept of Zoology, 20 Oct 2016.
Invasions Matter. Upper Midwest Invasive
Species Conference, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, 17 Oct 2016.
78. Can we
predict the impacts of species invasions?
University of Cambridge, Dept of Zoology. 18 May 2016.
and predicting the impacts of species invasions: Old
challenges, new approaches. 19th International
Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species, Winnipeg, 13
April 2016. (Plenary speaker)
invasions: Understanding and predicting impact.
University of Toronto-Scarborough, Department of
Biological Sciences, 29 January 2016.
Invasions: Understanding the impacts of non-native
species. Department of Biology, Concordia
University, Montreal, 11 January 2016.
74. The future
of invasion science. Annual Research Meeting of
the Centre for Invasion Biology, Stellenbosch, South
Africa, 13 November 2015.
invasions: towards a predictive understanding of
impact. Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic
Science and Technology (EAWAG), 1 Oct 2015.
science and management of microplastic pollution.
Trottier Symposium on Science and Public Policy, McGill
University, 25 September 2015.
in the St. Lawrence River. St. Lawrence
River Institute, 22nd Annual River Symposium. Cornwall,
Ontario, 6 May 2015.
70. The future
of invasion ecology. Association for the
Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, International
Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Granada Spain, 22 February
69. Impacts of
biological invasions as wicked problems. Centre
for Invasion Biology, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 26
invasions: Caveats, challenges, and promising
approaches. International workshop on "Impact
of invasive alien species: prediction and
quantification". Leipzig, Germany, 2 July 2013.
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)
the impacts of introduced species: a major challenge
for risk assessment. Freshwater Invasives -
Networking for Strategy Conference, Galway, Ireland, 9
April 2013. (Plenary Speaker)
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.
naiveté as a mediator of the impacts of invasive
species. Queen’s University, Kingston,
Ontario, 7 March 2013.
the impacts of introduced species. Centre for
Invasion Biology, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 6 August
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.
biological invasions matter: the controversy
surrounding non-native species. Queen's
University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 30 August 2011.
Species without borders: How biological invaders are
changing the world. McGill Alumni Homecoming
Event, 30 Sept 2010.
big picture: Using macroecology the understand the
impacts of aquatic invasions. 17th
International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species,
San Diego, California, 30 August 2010.
mediation of exotic species interactions.
Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network, Annual
General Meeting, Victoria, B.C., 27 April 2010.
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.
invasions as natural disasters: implications for
science and management. Canadian Aquatic
Invasive Species Network, Annual General Meeting,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, 4 May 2009.
we predict the impacts of an introduced species from
its invasion history? Odum Conference,
Rennselaerville, New York, 1 May 2009.
we predict the impacts of aquatic invasions?
16th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive
Species, Montreal, Canada, 20 April 2009. (Plenary
52. Biological invasions as global change. Duke University, Center on Global Change, Durham, North Carolina, 9 April 2009.
have we learned from freshwater invasions?
31st Annual Wisconsin Lakes Convention, Green Bay,
Wisconsin, 18 March 2009. (Keynote Speaker)
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
distinctiveness as a driver of exotic species impacts:
molluscs as a case study. International
Association for Great Lakes Research, Peterborough,
Ontario, 22 May 2008.
role of species interactions in invasion success.
Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network, Annual
General Meeting, Banff, Alberta, 21 April 2008.
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
swarming: How biological invasions are changing the
world. Queen's University, Kingston,
Ontario, 12 April 2007.
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
invasions in Canada-US waters. Canada-United
States Transboundary Water Relations Workshop, Foreign
Affairs and International Trade Canada, Ottawa, 9 March
we predict the impacts of invasive species in inland
waters? Swiss Federal Institute of
Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Dübendorf,
Switzerland, 19 January 2007.
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
taxonomic distinctiveness predict fish invasions?
Ecological Society of America, 90th Annual Meeting,
Montreal, 11 August 2005.
the occurrence and impact of aquatic species invasions.
American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Summer
Meeting, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 24 June 2005.
meltdown in the Great Lakes: Past, present, and future
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)
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.