Jennifer Dodd

jennifer dodd

Dr Jennifer Dodd



I am an ecologist with a particular interest in fresh water ecosystems and a love of statistical methods. I started at Edinburgh Napier University in October 2018 after having established my own environmental research consultancy in 2015 and before that various post-doc positions.

Since completing my PhD in 2011 (investigating long-term change in river invertebrate communities), I have worked with non-native aquatic species and river habitat restoration. I am currently involved with the development of a CEN standard (European Committee for Standardisation;; cf. British Standards Institute) for river restoration practice and providing advice to the IUCN (UK) regarding best practice for restoration monitoring.


Lakes and river represent the largest renewable source of fresh water and their importance in global terms cannot be overstated. I am interested in everything freshwatery. I am particularly interested in the trajectories of ecosystem recovery and what can cause blocks to achieving what we perceive as successful endpoints.


Dodd, J.A., Vilizzi, L., Bean, C.W., Davidson, P.I. & Copp, G.H. 2019 At what spatial scale should risk screenings of translocated freshwater fishes be undertaken – River basin district or climo-geographic designation? Biological Conservation 230: 122-130 [doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2018.12.002]

Honkanen, H.M., Boylan, P., Dodd, J.A. & Adams, C.E. 2019 Life stage-specific, stochastic environmental effects overlay density dependence in an Atlantic salmon population. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 28: 156-166 [doi: 10.1111/eff.12439]

Moore, I., Dodd, J.A., Newton, M., Bean, C.W., Lindsay, I., Jarosz, P. & Adams, C.E. 2018 The influence of aquaculture unit proximity on the pattern of Lepeophtheirus salmonis infection of anadromous Salmo trutta populations on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Journal of Fish Biology [doi: 10.111/jfb.13625]

Newton, M., Barry, J., Dodd, J.A., Boylan, P. & Adams, C.E. 2017 The impact of a small-scale rivering obstacle on the upstream migration of Atlantic salmon. Hydrobiologia [doi: 10.1007/s10750-017-3364-3]

Dick, J.T.A., Laverty, C., Lennon, J.L., Barrios-O’Neil, D., Mensink, P.J., Britton, J.R., Medoc, V., Boets, P., Alexander, M.E., Taylor, N.G., Dunn, A.M., Hatcher, M.J., Rosewarne, P.J., Crookes, S., MacIsaac, H.J., Xu, M., Ricciardi, A., Wasserman, R.J., Ellender, B.R., Weyl, O.L.F., Lucy,F.E., Banks, P.B., Dodd, J.A., MacNeil, C., Penk, M.R., Aldridge, D.C., Caffrey, J.M. 2016 Invader Relative Impact Potential: a new metric to understand and predict the ecological impacts of existing, emerging and future invasive alien species. Journal of Applied Ecology 54: 1259-1267 [doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12849]

Honkanen H., Dodd, J.A., Fordyce, J.R., Boylan, P. & Adams, C.E. 2017 Density- and species-dependent errors in single-pass timed electrofishing assessment of riverine salmonids. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 27 [doi: 10.1111/eff.12327]

Barry, J., Newton, M., Dodd, J.A., Evans, D., Newton, J. & Adams, C.E. 2017 The effect of foraging and ontogeny on the prevalence and intensity of the invasive parasite Anguillicola crassus in the European eel Anguilla anguilla. Journal of Fish Diseases 40 [doi: 10.1111/jfd.12596]

Newton, M., Barry, J.A., Dodd, J.A., Lucas, M.C., Boylan, P., & Adams, C.E. 2016 Does size matter? A test of size-specific mortality in Atlantic salmon Salmo salar smolts tagged with acoustic transmitters. Journal of Fish Biology 89: 1641-1650 [doi: 10.1111/jfb.13066]

Hughes, M.R., Dodd, J.A., Maitland, P.S. & Adams, C.E. 2016 Lake bathymetry and species occurrence predict the distribution of a lacustrine apex predator. Journal of Fish Biology 88: 1648-1654 [doi: 10.1111/jfb.12919]

Dodd, J.A. & Adams, C.E. 2016 Assessing the status of white-clawed crayfish – An ‘Endangered’ habitats directive species in Scotland. SNH Commissioned Report No. 15287

Adams, C.E., Bean, C.W., Dodd, J.A., Etheridge, E.C., Gownas, A.R.D. Hooker, O.E., Knudsen, R., Lyle, A.A., Winfield, I.J. & Præbel, K. 2016 Inter and intra-population phenotypic and genotypic structuring in the European whitefish Coregonous lavaretus, a rare freshwater fish in Scotland. Journal of Fish Biology 88: 580-594 [doi: 10.111/jfb.128855]

Barry, J., Newton, M., Dodd, J.A., Hooker, O.E., Boylan, P., Lucas, M.C & Adams, C.E. 2016 Foraging specialisms influence space use and movement patterns of the European eel Anguilla anguilla. Hydrobiologia 766: 333-348 [doi: 10.1007/s10750-015-2466-z]

Barry, J., Newton, M., Dodd, J.A., Lucas, M.C., Boyal, P. & Adams, C.E. 2015 Freshwater and costal migration patterns in the silver-stage eel Anguilla anguilla. Journal of Fish Biology 88: 676-689 [doi: 10.111/jfb.12865]

Van Leeuwen, T.E., Hughes, M.R., Dodd, J.A., Adams, C.E. & Metcalfe, N.B. 2015 Resource availability and life-gistory origin affect competitive behaviour territorial disputes. Behavioural Ecology 27: 385-392 [doi: 10.1093/beheco/arv163]

Barry, J., Mcharg, K., Dodd, J.A. & Adams, C.E. 2015 Local scale, costal currents influence recruitment to freshwater populations in the European eel Anguilla anguilla: a case study from the Isle of Man. Journal of Fish Biology 86: 1873-1880 [doi: 10.1111/jfb.12697]

Barry, J., McLeish, J., Dodd, J.A., Turnbull, J.F., Boylan, P. & Adams, C.E. 2014 Introduced parasite Anguillicola crassus infection significantly impedes swim bladder function in the European eel Anguilla anguilla (L.). Journal of Fish Diseases 137: 921-924 [doi: 10.1111/jfd.12215]

Dodd, J.A., Dick, J.T.A., Alexander, M.E., MacNeil, C., Dunn, A.M. & Aldridge, D.C. 2014 Predicting the ecological impacts of a new freshwater invader: functional responses and prey selectivity of the ‘killer shrimp’, Dikerogammarus villosus, compared to the native Gammarus pulex. Freshwater Biology 59: 337-352 [doi: 10.1111/fwb.12268]

Truhlar, A.M., Dodd, J.A. & Aldridge, D.C. 2014 Differential leaf-litter processing by native (Gammarus pulex) and invasive (Dikerogammarus villosus) freshwater crustaceans under environmental stress. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 24: 56-65 [doi: 10.1002/aqc.2375]

MacNeil, C., Dick, J.T.A., Alexander, M.E., Dodd, J.A. & Ricciardi, A. 2013 Predators vs. alien: differential biotic resistance to an invasive species by two resident predators. NeoBiota 19: 1-9 [doi: 10.3897/neobiota.19.4839]

Adams, C.E., Godfrey, J.D., Dodd, J.A. & Maitland, P.S. 2013 Is proximity to the North Atlantic Drift and the Continental Shelf Current sustaining freshwater European eel populations in western Scotland? Freshwater Biology 58: 1-9 [doi: 10.1111/fwb.12021]

Dodd, J.A. & Adams, C.E. 2013 Clyde re-built: when will river invertebrate communities return to a pre-industrial condition? The Glasgow Naturalist 26:

Adams, C.E., Griffin, L.R., Benzies, E., Aherne, D., Bean, C.W., Dodd, J.A., Fairlamb, D. & Maitland, P.S. 2013 Short range dispersal by a rare, obligate freshwater crustacean Triops cancriformis (Bosc) . Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 24: 48-55 [doi: 10.1002/aqc.2367]


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Member of the BSI - Biological Standards Committee
  • Developing a River Restoration Standard


Public/Community Engagement

  • Assistant Coordinator of the Scottish Freshwater Group


Current Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • The effect of contaminants on mechanisms underlying invasive species impact