Team & opportunities

Welcome! This is the research group for invasion and freshwater ecology at Newcastle University. We focus on the interaction of invasive alien species and the environment on biodiversity and livelihoods (food and water security). If you are interested in joining the group, please contact me.


We currently have two PhD opportunities:

Aquatic food security in Southern Africa: the role of invasive species

Risks to water security from invasive by non-native species ://


Emily Hickenbotham

PhD student

The risk of significant phenological changes causing mismatching between species (moths, beetles & plants) as a result of climate change.

Supervisors: Dr Gavin Stewart, Prof Stephen Rushton & Dr Zarah Pattison

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Shannon Goldberg

MSc student

Assessing effectiveness of varied management strategies for Acaena novae-zelandiae ( Piri piri burr) on Holy Island, Lindesfarne.

Supervisors: Dr Zarah Pattison and Andrew Craggs, Natural England

Email me: S.M.Goldberg2@newcastle.

Maddii Purvis

MSc student

Correlating hotspots of terrestrial and aquatic plant invasion with IUCN redlist species hotspots.

Supervisor: Dr Zarah Pattison and Dr Lynsey Bunnefeld

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Courtney Glenwright

MSc student

Which species, and how many, are threatened by invasive alien species in UK freshwater systems?

Supervisors: Dr Zarah Pattison and Prof. Pete Robertson

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