Peer-reviewed papers & book chapters

McGaughran A, Dhami MK, Parvizi E, Vaughan AL, Gleeson DM, Hodgins KA, Rollins LA, Tepolt C, Turner KG, Atsawawaranunt K, Battlay P, Congrains C, Crottini A, Dennis TPW, Lange C, Liu XP, Matheson P, North HL, Popovic I, Rius M, Santure AW, Stuart KC, Tan HZ, Wang C, Wilson J (in press) Genomic tools in biological invasions: current state and future frontiers. Genome Biology and Evolution


Zarzyczny KM, Rius M, Williams ST, Fenberg PB (in press) The ecological and evolutionary consequences of tropicalisation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution pdf

Zarcero J, Antich A, Rius M, Wangensteen OS, Turon X (2024) A new sampling device for metabarcoding surveillance of port communities and detection of non-indigenous species. iScience 27: 108588 pdf


Zarzyczny KM, Hellberg ME, Lugli EB, MacLean M, Paz-García DA, Rius M, Ross EG, Treviño Balandra EX, Vanstone J, Williams ST, Fenberg PB (2024) Opposing genetic patterns of range shifting temperate and tropical gastropods in an area undergoing tropicalisation. Journal of Biogeography 51: 246-262 pdf


Mabey AL, Rius M, Smale DA, Catford JA (2023) The use of species traits in invasive seaweed research: a systematic review. NeoBiota 86: 123-149 pdf


Mabey AL, Catford JA, Rius M, Foggo A, Smale DA (2022) Herbivory and functional traits suggest that enemy release is not an important mechanism driving invasion success of brown seaweeds. Biological Invasions 24: 3919-3934 pdf


Good E, Holman LE, Pusceddu A, Russo T, Rius M, Lo Iacono C (2022) Detection of community-wide impacts of bottom trawl fishing on deep-sea assemblages using environmental DNA metabarcoding. Marine Pollution Bulletin 183: 114062 pdf


Hudson J, Bourne SD, Seebens H, Chapman MA, Rius M (2022) The reconstruction of invasion histories with genomic data in light of differing levels of anthropogenic transport. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 377: 20210023 pdf


Holman LE, Chng Y, Rius M (2022) How does eDNA decay affect metabarcoding experiments? Environmental DNA 4: 108-116 pdf


Pack KE, Mieszkowska N, Rius M (2022) Rapid niche shifts as drivers for the spread of a non-indigenous species under novel environmental conditions. Diversity and Distributions 28: 596-610 pdf


Holman LE, Parker-Nance S, de Bruyn M, Creer S, Carvalho GR, Rius M (2022) Managing human mediated range shifts: understanding spatial, temporal and genetic variation in marine non-native species. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 377: 20210025 pdf


Costello MJ, Dekeyzer S, Galil BS, Hutchings P, Katsanevakis S, Pagad S, Robinson TB, Turon X, Vandepitte L, Vanhoorne B, Verfaille K, Willan RC, Rius M (2021) Introducing the World Register of Introduced Marine Species (WRiMS). Management of Biological Invasions 12: 792-801 pdf


Fernandez S, Miller DL, Holman LE, Gittenberger A, Ardura A, Rius M, Mirimin L (2021) Environmental DNA sampling protocols for the surveillance of marine non-indigenous species in Irish coastal waters. Marine Pollution Bulletin 172: 112893 pdf


Hudson J, Castilla JCC, Teske PR, Beheregaray LB, Haigh ID, McQuaid CD, Rius M (2021) Genomics-informed models reveal extensive stretches of coastline under threat by an ecologically dominant invasive species. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118: e2022169118 pdf


Dinoi A, Rius M, Tine M, Teske PR (2021) Development of genetic tools for the redbait species Pyura herdmani and P. stolonifera, important bioengineers along African coastlines. African Journal of Marine Science 43: 1-7 pdf


McKnight E, Spake R, Bates AE, Smale DA, Rius M (2021) Non-native species outperform natives in coastal marine ecosystems subjected to warming and freshening events. Global Ecology and Biogeography 30: 1698-1712 pdf


Holman LE, de Bruyn M, Creer S, Carvalho GR, Robidart J, Rius M (2021) Animals, protists and bacteria share marine biogeographic patterns. Nature Ecology & Evolution 5: 738-746 pdf


Pack KE, Rius M, Mieszkowska N (2021) Long-term environmental tolerance of the non-indigenous Pacific oyster to expected contemporary climate change conditions. Marine Environmental Research 164: 105226 pdf


Hudson J, McQuaid CD, Rius M (2021) Contemporary climate change hinders hybrid performance of ecologically dominant marine invertebrates. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 34: 60-72 pdf


Rius M, Turon X (2020) Phylogeography and the description of geographic patterns in invasion genomics. Frontiers in Ecology & Evolution 8: 595711 pdf


Hudson J, Johannesson K, McQuaid CD, Rius M (2020) Secondary contacts and genetic admixture shape colonization by an amphiatlantic epibenthic invertebrate. Evolutionary Applications 13: 600-612 pdf

Holman LE, de Bruyn M, Creer S, Carvalho GR, Robidart J, Rius M (2019) Detection of introduced and resident marine species using environmental DNA metabarcoding of sediment and water. Scientific Reports 9:11559 pdf

Holman LE, Rius M, Blackburn TM (2019) Observations of a novel predatory gull behaviour on an invasive ascidian: a new consequence of coastal urban sprawl? Ecosphere 10: e02636 pdf

Wort EJG, Chapman MA, Hawkins SJ, Henshall L, Pita A, Rius M, Williams ST, Fenberg PB (2019) Contrasting genetic structure of sympatric congeneric gastropods: do differences in habitat preference, abundance, and distribution matter? Journal of Biogeography 46: 369-380 pdf


Deiner K, Lopez J, Bourne SD, Holman LE, Seymour M, Grey EK, Lacoursière A, Li Y, Renshaw MA, Pfrender ME, Rius M, Bernatchez L, Lodge DM (2018) Optimising the detection of marine taxonomic richness using environmental DNA metabarcoding: the effects of filter material, pore size, and extraction method. Metabarcoding and Metagenomics 2: e28963 pdf


Bourne SD, Hudson J, Holman LE, Rius M (2018) Marine invasion genomics: Revealing ecological and evolutionary consequences of biological invasions. In: Oleksiak MF, Rajora OM (eds.), Population Genomics: Marine Organisms, Springer link pdf

Darling JA, Galil BS, Carvalho GR, Rius M, Viard F, Piraino S (2017) Recommendations for developing and applying genetic tools to assess and manage biological invasions in marine ecosystems. Marine Policy 85: 54-64 pdf


Johnston EL, Dafforn KA, Clark GF, Rius M, Floerl O (2017) Anthropogenic activities promoting the establishment and spread of marine non-indigenous species post-arrival. Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review 55: 389-419 pdf


Rius M, Teske PR, Manríquez PH, Suárez-Jiménez R, McQuaid CD, Castilla JC (2017) Ecological dominance along rocky shores, with a focus on intertidal ascidians. Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review 55: 55-84 pdf


Lin Y, Chen Y, Yi C, Fong JJ, Kim W, Rius M, Zhan A (2017) Genetic signatures of natural selection in a model invasive ascidian. Scientific Reports 7: 44080 pdf


Pérez-Portela R, Rius M, Villamor A (2017) Lineage splitting, secondary contacts and genetic admixture of a widely distributed marine invertebrate. Journal of Biogeography 44: 446-460 pdf


McKnight E, García-Berthou E, Srean P, Rius M (2017) Global meta-analysis of native and non-indigenous trophic traits in aquatic ecosystems. Global Change Biology 23: 1861-1870 pdf


Hudson J, Viard F, Roby C, Rius M (2016) Anthropogenic transport of species across native ranges: unpredictable genetic and evolutionary consequences. Biology Letters 12: 20160620 pdf


Rius MBourne S, Hornsby HG, Chapman MA (2015) Applications of next generation sequencing to the study of biological invasions. Current Zoology 61: 488-504 link1 link2 pdf


Airoldi L, Turon X, Perkol-Finkel S, Rius M (2015) Corridors for aliens but not for natives: Effects of marine urban sprawl at a regional scale. Diversity and Distributions 21: 755-768 pdf


Rius M, Turon X, Bernardi G, Volckaert FAM, Viard F (2015) Marine invasion genetics: from spatio-temporal patterns to evolutionary outcomes. Biological Invasions 17: 869-885 pdf


Rius M, Darling JA (2014) How important is intraspecific genetic admixture to the success of colonising populations? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 29: 233-242 pdf


Rius M, Potter EE, Aguirre JD, Stachowicz JJ (2014) Mechanisms of biotic resistance across complex life cycles. Journal of Animal Ecology 83: 296-305 pdf


Rius M, Clusella-Trullas S, McQuaid CD, Navarro R, Griffiths CL, Matthee CA, von der Heyden S, Turon X (2014) Range expansions across ecoregions: interactions of climate change, physiology and genetic diversity. Global Ecology and Biogeography 23: 76-88 pdf


Pérez-Portela R, Arranz V, Rius M, Turon X (2013) Cryptic speciation or global spread? The case of a cosmopolitan marine invertebrate with limited dispersal capabilities. Scientific Reports 3: 3197 pdf


Ordóñez V, Rius M, McQuaid CD, Pineda MC, Pascual M, Turon X  (2013) Early biotic interactions among introduced and native benthic species unveil cryptic predation and shifts in larval behaviour. Marine Ecology Progress Series 488: 65-79 pdf


Rius M, Teske PR (2013) Cryptic diversity in coastal Australasia: a morphological and mito-nuclear genetic analysis of habitat-forming sibling species. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 168: 597-611 pdf


Ordóñez V, Pascual M, Rius M, Turon X (2013) Mixed but not admixed: A spatial analysis of genetic variation of an invasive ascidian on natural and artificial substrates. Marine Biology 160: 1645-1660 pdf


Appeltans W, Ahyong ST, Anderson G, Angel MV, Artois T, Bailly N, Bamber R, Barber A, Bartsch I, Berta A, Blazewicz-Paszkowycz M, Bock P, Boxshall G, Boyko CB, Brandao SN, Bray RA, Bruce NL, Cairns SD, Chan TY, Cheng L, Collins AG, Cribb T, Curini-Galletti M, Dahdouh-Guebas F, Davie PJF, Dawson MN, De Clerck O, Decock W, De Grave S, De Voogd NJ, Domning DP, Emig CC, Erséus C, Eschmeyer W, Fauchald K, Fautin DG, Feist SW, Fransen CHJM, Furuya H, Garcia-Alvarez O, Gerken S, Gibson D, Gittenberger A, Gofas S, Gómez-Daglio L, Gordon DP, Guiry MD, Hernandez F, Hoeksema BW, Hopcroft RR, Jaume D, Kirk P, Koedam N, Koenemann S, Kolb JB, Kristensen RM, Kroh A, Lambert G, Lazarus DB, Lemaitre R, Longshaw M, Lowry J, MacPherson E, Madin LP, Mah C, Mapstone G, McLaughlin PA, Mees J, Meland K, Messing CG, Mills CE, Molodtsova TN, Mooi R, Neuhaus B, Ng PKL, Nielsen C, Norenburg J, Opresko DM, Osawa M, Paulay G, Perrin W, Pilger JF, Poore GCB, Pugh P, Read GB, Reimer JD, Rius M, Rocha RM, Saiz-Salinas JI, Scarabino V, Schierwater B, Schmidt-Rhaesa A, Schnabel KE, Schotte M, Schuchert P, Schwabe E, Segers H, Self-Sullivan C, Shenkar N, Siegel V, Sterrer W, Stöhr S, Swalla B, Tasker ML, Thuesen EV, Timm T, Todaro MA, Turon X, Tyler S, Uetz P, Van Der Land J, Vanhoorne B, Van Ofwegen LP, Van Soest RWM, Vanaverbeke J, Walker-Smith G, Walter TC, Warren A, Williams GC, Wilson SP, Costello MJ (2012) The magnitude of global marine species diversity. Current Biology 22: 2189-2202 pdf



Pineda MC, McQuaid CD, Turon X, López-Legentil S, Ordóñez V, Rius M (2012) Tough adults, frail babies: an analysis of stress sensitivity across early life-history stages of widely introduced marine invertebrates. PLoS ONE 7: e46672 pdf


Rius M, Shenkar N (2012) Ascidian introductions through the Suez Canal: The case study of an Indo-Pacific species. Marine Pollution Bulletin 64: 2060-2068 pdf


Rius M, Turon X, Ordóñez V, Pascual M (2011) Tracking invasion histories in the sea: facing complex scenarios using multilocus data. PLoS ONE 7: e35815 pdf


Mead A, Carlton JT, Griffiths CL, Rius M (2011) Introduced and cryptogenic marine and estuarine species of South Africa. Journal of Natural History 45: 2463–2524 pdf


Rius M, Heasman KG, McQuaid CD (2011) Long-term coexistence of non-indigenous species in aquaculture facilities. Marine Pollution Bulletin 62: 2395-2403 pdf


Teske PR, Rius M, McQuaid CD, Styan CA, Piggott MP, Benhissoune S, Fuentes-Grunewald C, Walls K, Page M, Attard CRM, Cooke GM, McClusky CF, Banks SC, Barker NP, Beheregaray LB  (2011) ‘Nested’ cryptic species in a widespread marine ecosystem engineer: a challenge for detecting biological invasions. BMC Evolutionary Biology 11: 176 pdf


Mead A, Carlton JT, Griffiths CL, Rius M (2011) Revealing the scale of marine bioinvasions in developing regions: a South African re-assessment. Biological Invasions 13: 1991-2008 pdf


Rius M, Teske PR (2011) A revision of the Pyura stolonifera species complex (Tunicata, Ascidiacea), with a description of a new species from Australia. Zootaxa 2754: 27-40 pdf


Rius M, Griffiths CL (2011) Sea squirts. In: Alien & Invasive animals – a South African perspective (eds. Picker MD, Griffiths CL). Struik Nature, Cape Town, pp. 71-75 pdf

Rius M, Branch GM, Griffiths CL, Turon X (2010) Larval settlement behaviour in six gregarious ascidians in relation to adult distribution. Marine Ecology Progress Series 418: 151-163 pdf


Rius M, Turon X, Dias GM, Marshall DJ (2010) Propagule size effects across multiple life-history stages in a marine invertebrate. Functional Ecology 24: 685-693 pdf


Rius M (2010) An invasive ascidian. Història Natural dels Països Catalans 192 pdf


Agell G, Rius M, Pascual M (2009) Isolation and characterization of eight polymorphic microsatellite loci for the Mediterranean gorgonian Paramuricea clavataConservation Genetics 10: 2025-2027 pdf


Rius M, Pineda MC, Turon X (2009) Population dynamics and life cycle of the introduced ascidian Microcosmus squamiger in the Mediterranean Sea. Biological Invasions 11: 2181-2194 pdf


Rius M, McQuaid CD (2009) Facilitation and competition between invasive and indigenous mussels over a gradient of physical stress. Basic and Applied Ecology 10: 607-613 pdf


Rius M, Turon X, Marshall DJ (2009) Non-lethal effects of an invasive species in the marine environment: the importance of early life-history stages. Oecologia 159: 873-882 pdf


Rius M, Turon X, Pascual M (2008) Isolation of polymorphic microsatellite loci for the marine invader Microcosmus squamigerMolecular Ecology Resources 8: 1405-1407 pdf


Rius M, Pascual M, Turon X (2008) Phylogeography of the widespread marine invader Microcosmus squamiger (Ascidiacea) reveals high genetic diversity of introduced populations and non-independent colonizations. Diversity and Distributions 14: 818-828 pdf 


Rius M, Zabala M (2008) Are Marine Protected Areas useful for the recovery of the Mediterranean mussel populations? Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 18: 527-540 pdf


Rius M (2007) The effect of protection on fish populations in the Ses Negres Marine Reserve (NW Mediterranean, Spain). Scientia Marina 71: 499-504 pdf


Turon X, Nishikawa T, Rius M (2007) Spread of Microcosmus squamiger (Ascidiacea: Pyuridae) in the Mediterranean Sea and adjacent waters. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 342: 185-188 pdf


Zardi GI, Nicastro KR, McQuaid CD, Rius M, Porri F (2006) Hydrodynamic stress and habitat partitioning between indigenous (Perna perna) and invasive (Mytilus galloprovincialis) mussels: constraints of an evolutionary strategy. Marine Biology 150: 79-88 pdf


Rius M, McQuaid CD (2006) Wave action and competitive interaction between the invasive mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis and the indigenous Perna perna in South Africa. Marine Biology 150: 69-78 pdf


Rius M, Kaehler S, McQuaid CD (2006) The relationship between human exploitation pressure and condition of mussel populations along the south coast of South Africa. South African Journal of Science 102: 130-136 pdf



Robinson TB, Griffiths CL, McQuaid CD, Rius M (2005) Marine alien species of South Africa – status and impacts. African Journal of Marine Science 27: 297-306 pdf


Rius M, Cabral HN (2004) Human harvesting of Mytilus galloprovincialis Lamarck, 1819, on the central coast of Portugal. Scientia Marina 68: 545-551 pdf

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