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  • Hudson J, Johannesson K, McQuaid CD, Rius M. 2020. Secondary contacts and genetic admixture shape colonisation by an amphiatlantic epibenthic invertebrate. Evol Applic 00:1–13. doi: 10.1111/eva.12893
  • Ntuli NN, Nicastro KR, Zardi GI, Assis J, McQuaid CD, Teske PR. 2020. Rejection of the genetic implications of the “Abundant Centre Hypothesis” in marine mussels. Sci Rep 10:604
  • Lourenço CR, Nicastro KR, McQuaid CD, Krug LA, Zardi GI. 2020. Strong upwelling conditions drive differences in species abundance and community composition along the Atlantic coasts of Morocco and Western Sahara. Mar Biodiv 50: 15
  • Humphries AT, McClanahan TR, McQuaid CD. 2020. Algal turf consumption by sea urchins and fishes is mediated by fisheries management on coral reefs in Kenya. Coral Reefs



  • Katy R. Nicastro, Christopher D. McQuaid, Gerardo I. Zardi. Between a rock and a hard place: combined effect of trampling and phototrophic shell-degrading endoliths in marine intertidal mussels. 2019. Marine Biodiversity
  • Molline N.C. Gusha, Tatenda Dalu, Ryan J. Wasserman, Christopher D. McQuaid. Zooplankton grazing pressure is insufficient for primary producer control under elevated warming and nutrient levels. 2019. Science of the Total Environment 651 (2019) 410–418. 
  • Cristián J. Monaco, Erika M. D. Porporato, Justin A. Lathlean, Morgana Tagliarolo, Gianluca Sarà, Christopher D. McQuaid. Predicting the performance of cosmopolitan species: dynamic energy budget model skill drops across large spatial scales. 2019. Marine Biology 166:14
  • Gusha MNC, Dalu T, Wassermann RJ, CD. 2019. Zooplankton grazing pressure is insufficient for primary producer control under elevated warming and nutrient levels. Sci Total Environ 651: 410-418.
  • Monteiro C, Zardi GI, McQuaid CD, Serrão EA, Pearson GA, Nicastro KR. Canopy microclimate modification in central and marginal populations of a marine macroalga. 2019. Mar Biodiv 49: 415-424.
  • Monaco CJ, Porporato EMD, Lathlean JA, Tagliorolo M, Sara, G, McQuaid CD 2019. Predicting the performance of cosmopolitan species: Dynamic Energy Budget model skill drops across large spatial scales. Mar Biol 166: 14
  • Basto MN, Nicastro KR, Tavares A, McQuaid CD, Casero M, Zardi GI. 2019. High synthetic polymer diet: plastic ingestion in aquatic-associated birds in Portugal. Mar Poll Bull 138: 19-24
  • Weidberg N, Goschen W, Jackson J, Pattrick P, McQuaid CD, Porri F. 2019. Fine scale depth regulation of invertebrate larvae around coastal fronts. Limnol Oceanogr 64: 785-802
  • Ndhlovu A, McQuaid CD, Nicastro K, Marquet N, Gektidis M, Monaco CJ, Zardi G. 2019. Biogeographical patterns of endolithic infestation in an invasive and an indigenous intertidal marine ecosystem engineer. Diversity 11, 75; doi:10.3390/d11050075
  • Lathlean JA, Trassierra JA, Everett JD, McQuaid CD. 2019. Testing the intermittent upwelling hypothesis: intercontinental comparisons of barnacle recruitment between South Africa and Australia. Est Coast Shelf Sci 224: 197-208
  • Puccinelli E, McQuaid CD, Dobretsov S, Christofoletti RA. 2019. Coastal upwelling affects filter-feeder stable isotope composition across three continents. Mar Environ Res 147: 13-23
  • Monaco CJ, McQuaid CD 2019. Climate warming reduces the reproductive advantage of a globally invasive intertidal mussel. Biol Inv 21: 2503-2516
  • Cannicci S, Mostert B, Fratini S, McQuaid CD, Porri F 2019. Settlement of sesarmid crab larvae across the east coast of Africa: evidence for recruitment limitation and competent settlement within the mangrove forests. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 626:123-133
  • Connan, Dilley BJ, Whitehead TO, Davies D, McQuaid CD, Ryan PG. 2019. Multidimensional stable isotope analysis illuminates resource partitioning in a sub-Antarctic island bird community. Ecography 42:1948-1959
  • Steinfurth A, Booth JM, White J, Bond AL, McQuaid CD 2019. Sexual and geographic dimorphism in northern rockhopper penguins breeding in the South Atlantic Ocean. Endang Species Res 39: 293–302
  • Velez N, Zardi GI, Savio RL, McQuaid CD, Valbusa U, Sabour B, Nicastro KR. 2019. A baseline assessment of beach macrolitter and microplastics along northeastern Atlantic shores. Mar Poll Bull 149: 110649.
  • McQuaid CD, Blamey LK. 2019. Where three oceans meet: state of the art and developments in southern African coastal marine biology. In: Interactions in the marine benthos. Eds. SJ Hawkins, K Bohn, LB Firth, GA Williams. Cambridge University Press. pp. 333-359.
  • Maëlle Connan, Bo Bonnevie & Christopher McQuaid. 2018. Ontogeny, tissue, and species but not sex influence stable isotopic values of three albatross species. Polar Biol 41: 1175-1186 DOI 10.1007/s00300-018-2276-7
  • Rosemary A. Dorrington, Amanda T. Lombard, Thomas G. Bornman, Janine B. Adams, Hayley C. Cawthra, Shaun H.P. Deyze, Wayne S. Goschen, Kenneth Liu, Jacques Mahler-Coetzee, Gwynneth F. Matcher, Christopher McQuaid, Shirley Parker-Nance, Angus Paterson, Renzo Perissinotto, Francesca Porri, Michael Roberts, Bernadette Snow, Patrick Vrancken. 2018. Working together for our oceans: A marine spatial plan for Algoa Bay, South Africa. SA J Sci Volume 114: 3/4
  • Katy R. Nicastro, Roberto Lo Savio, Christopher D. McQuaid, Pedro Madeira, Ugo Valbusa, Fábia Azevedo, Maria Casero, Carla Lourenço, Gerardo I. Zardi. 2018. Plastic ingestion in aquatic-associated bird species in southern Portugal. Marine Pollution Bulletin 126: 413-418
  • Sebbi L. Kankondi, Christopher D. McQuaid, Morgana Tagliaro. 2018. Influence of respiratory mode on the thermal tolerance of intertidal limpets. PLoS ONE 13(9): e0203555.
  • Jenny M. Booth, Antje Steinfurth, Marco Fusi, Richard J. Cuthbert, Christopher D. McQuaid. Foraging plasticity of breeding Northern Rockhopper Penguins,
  • Eudyptes moseleyi, in response to changing energy requirements. Polar Biology (2018) 41:1815–1826.
  • Eleonora Puccinelli, Christopher D. McQuaid, Isabelle J. Ansorge. 2018. Factors affecting trophic compositions of offshore benthic invertebrates at a sub-Antarctic archipelago. Limnol. Oceanogr. 63, 2018, 2206–2228. doi: 10.1002/lno.10934
  • Eleonora Puccinelli, Charles E. O. von der Meden, Christopher D. McQuaid, Isabelle J. Ansorge. Biological characteristics of the rafting bivalve Gaimardia trapesina in the Southern Ocean. Mar Biol (2018) 165:172.
  • Cristián J. Monaco & Christopher D. McQuaid. 2018. Applicability of Dynamic Energy
  • Budget (DEB) models across steep environmental gradients. Scientific Reports (2018) 8:16384 | DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-34786-w
  • G. I. Zardi, C. D. McQuaid, R. Jacinto, C. R. Lourenc¸o, E. A. Serra˜o and K. R. Nicastro. 2018. Re-assessing the origins of the invasive mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis in southern Africa. Marine and Freshwater Research
  • Christopher D. McQuaid. 2018. Implications of long-term climate change for biogeography and ecological processes in the southern ocean. Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review, 2018, 56, 1-72


  • Puccinelli, E, Noyon M, McQuaid CD. 2017. Trophic signatures of co-existing invasive and indigenous mussels: selective feeding or different metabolic pathways? Hydrobiologia 784: 187–199.
  • Liversage K, Cole, V, Coleman R, McQuaid CD. 2017. Availability of microhabitats explains a widespread pattern and informs theory on ecological engineering of boulder reefs. J Exp Mar Biol Ecol. 489: 36-42.
  • Marco Fusi, Simone Babbini, Folco Giomi, Sara Fratini, Farid Dahdouh-Guebas, Daniele Daffonchio, Christopher David McQuaid,Francesca Porri, Stefano Cannicci. 2017. Thermal sensitivity of the crab Neosarmatium africanum in tropical and temperate mangroves on the east coast of Africa. Hydrobiologia DOI 10.1007/s10750-017-3151-1
  • Simone Baldanzi, Ralph Watson, Christopher D. McQuaid, Gavin Gouws, Francesca Porri. 2017. Epigenetic variation among natural populations of the South African sandhopper Talorchestia capensis. Evol Ecol (2017) 31:77–91 DOI 10.1007/s10682-016-9877-9
  • Carla R. Lourenço, Katy R. Nicastro, Christopher D. McQuaid, Brahim Sabour, Gerardo I. Zardi. 2017. Latitudinal incidence of phototrophic shell?degrading endoliths and their effects on mussel bed microclimates. Mar Biol (2017) 164:129
  • Macala L, McQuaid CD. 2017. Effects of size-dependent allocation of energy to maintenance, growth and reproduction on rehabilitation success in overexploited intertidal mussels Perna perna (L.) J Shellfish Res 36: 9-16.
  • Maëlle Connan, Bo T. Bonnevie, Christina Hagen, Carl D. van der Lingen,
  • Christopher McQuaid. 2017. Diet specialization in a colonial seabird studied using three
  • complementary dietary techniques: effects of intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Mar Biol (2017) 164:171
  • Carla R. Lourenço, Katy R. Nicastro, Christopher D. McQuaid, Rosa M. Chefaoui,
  • Jorge Assis 1, Mohammed Z. Taleb & Gerardo I. Zardi. 2017. Evidence for rangewide panmixia despite multiple barriers to dispersal in a marine mussel. Scientific Reports | 7: 10279 | DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-10753-9
  • Mmonwa KL, Teske PR, McQuaid CD, Barker NP. 2017. Evolution of foraging behaviour: Deep intra-generic genetic divergence between territorial and non-territorial southern African patellid limpets. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 117: 95-101
  • Cristián J. Monaco, Christopher D. McQuaid, David J. Marshall. 2017. Decoupling of behavioural and physiological thermal performance curves in ectothermic animals: a critical adaptive trait. Oecologia (2017) 185:583–593 DOI 10.1007/s00442-017-3974-5
  • Marc Rius, Peter R. Teske, Patricio H. Manriquez, Rocio Suarez-Jimenez, Christopher D. Mcquaid & Juan Carlos Castilla. 2017. Ecological dominance along rocky shores, with a focus on intertidal ascidians. Ocean & Mar Biol: An Annual Review, 55, 55-86
  • Justin A. Lathlean* and Christopher D. McQuaid. 2017. Biogeographic variability in the value of mussel beds as ecosystem engineers on South African rocky shores. Ecosystems (2017) 20: 568–582 DOI: 10.1007/s10021-016-0041-8



  • Morgana Tagliarolo, Christopher D. McQuaid. 2016 Field Measurements Indicate Unexpected, Serious Underestimation of Mussel Heart Rates and Thermal Tolerance by Laboratory Studies. PLoS ONE 11(2): e0146341. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0146341: 1 - 13
    Eleonora Puccinelli, Margaux Noyon, Christopher D. McQuaid. 2016 Does proximity to urban centres affect the dietary regime of marine benthic filter feeders? Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 169 (2016) 147 -157 
  • Austin T. Humphries, Christopher D. McQuaid, Tim R. McClanahan. 2016 Context-Dependent Diversity-Effects of Seaweed Consumption on Coral Reefs in Kenya. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0144204. doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0144204: 1-18
  • Eleonora Puccinelli1, Margaux Noyon, Christopher D. McQuaid. 2016 Hierarchical effects of biogeography and upwelling shape the dietary signatures of benthic filter feeders. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 543: 37–54
  • Jeremiah G. Plass-Johnson, Christopher D. McQuaid and Jaclyn M. Hill. 2016 Morphologically similar, coexisting hard corals (Porites lobata and P. solida) display similar trophic isotopic ratios across reefs and depths. Marine and Freshwater Research, 2016, 67, 671–676
  • Carla R. Lourenco, Gerardo I. Zardi, Christopher D. McQuaid, Ester A. Serr~ao1, Gareth A. Pearson1, Rita Jacinto1 and Katy R. Nicastro. 2016 Upwelling areas as climate change refugia for the distribution and genetic diversity of a marine macroalga. Journal of Biogeography J.Biogeogr 43: 1595-1607
  • D. K. Danckwerts, C. D. McQuaid, M. Connan, M. J. Smale, M. Le Corre, L. Humeau, S. Kaehler, C. C. Juhasz, S. Orlowski, J. Tourmetz, S. Jaquemet. 2016 Intra?annual variation in the foraging ecology of the endangered endemic Barau’s Petrel (Pterodroma baraui) from Réunion Island, south?western Indian Ocean: insights from a multifaceted approach. Mar Biol (2016) 163:18, 1-15
  • Justin A. Lathlean, Laurent Seuront, Christopher D. McQuaid, Terence P. T,
  • Gerardo I. Zardi, Katy R. Nicastro. 2016 Cheating the Locals: Invasive Mussels Steal
  • and Benefit from the Cooling Effect of Indigenous Mussels. PLoS ONE 11 (3): e0152556. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0152556, 1-13
  • Francesca Porri, Christopher D. McQuaid, Johan Erlandsson. 2016 The role of recruitment and behaviour in the formation of mussel?dominated assemblages: an ontogenetic and taxonomic perspective. Mar Biol (2016) 163:157, 1-10
  • Eleonora Puccinelli, Christopher David McQuaid, Margaux Noyon. 2016 Spatio-Temporal Variation in Effects of Upwelling on the Fatty Acid Composition of Benthic Filter Feeders in the Southern Benguela Ecosystem: Not All Upwelling Is Equal. PLOS ONE | DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0161919, 1-23
  • Justin A. Lathlean, Laurent Seuront2, Christopher D. McQuaid, Terence P. T, Gerardo I. Zardi, Katy R. Nicastro. 2016 Size and position (sometimes) matter: small?scale patterns of heat stress associated with two co?occurring mussels with different thermoregulatory behaviour. Mar Biol (2016) 163:189, 1-11
  • Gabriel Saada, Katy R. Nicastro, Rita Jacinto, Christopher D. McQuaid, Ester A. Serr~ao, Gareth A. Pearson and Gerardo I. Zardi. 2016 Taking the heat: distinct vulnerability to thermal stress of central and threatened peripheral lineages of a marine macroalga. (Diversity Distrib.) (2016) 22, 1060–1068
  • G. I. Zardi1, K. R. Nicastro, C. D. McQuaid, T. P. T. Ng, J. Lathlean & L. Seuront. 2016 Enemies with benefits: parasitic endoliths protect mussels against heat stress. Scientific Reports | 6:31413 | DOI: 10.1038/srep31413, 1-8
  • Justin A. Lathlean and Christopher D. McQuaid. 2016 Biogeographic Variability in the Value of Mussel Beds as Ecosystem Engineers on South African Rocky Shores. Ecosystems DOI: 10.1007/s10021-016-0041-8
  • Helmuth B, Choi C, Matzelle A, Torossian JL, Morello SL, Mislan KAS, Yamane L, Strickland D, Szathmary PL, Gilman SE, Tockstein A, Hilbish TJ, Burrows MT, Power AM, Gosling E, Mieszkowska N, Harley CDG, Nishizaki M, Carrington E, Menge B, Petes L, Foley MM, Johnson A, Poole M, Noble MM, Richmond EL, Robart M, Robinson J, Sapp J, Sones J, Broitman BR, Denny MW, Mach KJ, Miller LP, O’Donnell M, Ross P, Hofmann GE, Zippay M, Blanchette C, Macfarlan JA, Carpizo-Ituarte E, Ruttenberg B, Peña Mejía CE, McQuaid CD, Lathlean J, Monaco CJ, Nicastro KR, Zardi G. 2016. Long-term, high frequency in situ measurements of intertidal mussel bed temperatures using biomimetic sensors. Sci Rep 3:160087 doi: 10.1038/sdata.2016.87.
  • Tagliarolo M, Montalto V, Sarà G, Lathlean LA, McQuaid CD. 2016. Low temperature trumps high food availability to determine the distribution of intertidal mussels (Perna perna) in southern Africa. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 558: 51–63.
  • Puccinelli E, Noyon M, McQuaid CD. 2016. Absence of an effect of freshwater input on the stable isotope and fatty acid signatures of intertidal filter feeders. Afr J mar Sci 38:481-492
  • Nakin MDV, McQuaid CD. 2016. Effects of marine reserves on the reproductive biology and recruitment rates of commonly and rarely exploited limpets. Afr J Mar Sci 38: 549-561

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