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Selected Publications

Farinas Franco, J., Allcock, L., Smyth, D. & Roberts, D. (2013). Community convergence and recruitment of keystone species as performance indicators of artificial reefs.  Journal of Sea Research, 78: 59-74 15.

Elsaesser, B., Farinas-Franco, J.M., Wilson, C., Kregting, L. & Roberts, D. (2013). Identifying optimal sites for natural recovery and restoration of impacted biogenic habitats in a special area of conservation using hydrodynamic and habitat suitability modelling.  Journal of Sea Research, 77: 11-21.

Reid, N., Keys, A., Preston, S.J., Moorkens, E., Roberts, D. & Wilson, C. (2013). Conservation status and reproduction of the critically endangered freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera).  Aquatic Conservation Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 23(4): 571-581.

Guy, C., Reid, N. & Roberts, D. (2013). Ageing slipper limpet (Crepidula fornicata) shells from Belfast Lough.  Irish Naturalists' Journal, 32(1): 45-48.

Wilson, C.D., Beatty, G., Bradley, C., Clarke, H. C., Preston, S.J., Roberts, D. & Provan, J.(2012). The importance of population genetic information in formulating ex-situ conservation strategies for the freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera L. in Northern Ireland.  Animal Conservation, 15: 593-602.

Strain, E.M.A., Allcock L.A., Goodwin, C., Maggs, C.A., Picton, B.E. & Roberts, D. (2012). The long-term impacts of fisheries on benthic assemblage structure, in a Special Area of Conservation.  Journal of Sea Research, 67: 58-68.

Wilson, C.D. & Roberts, D. (2011). Modeling distributional trends to inform conservation strategies for an endangered species.  Diversity and distributions, 17: 182-189.

Wilson, C., Roberts D. & Reid, N. (2011). Applying species distribution modelling to identify areas of high conservation value for endangered species: a case study using Margaritifera margaritifera (L.).  Biological Conservation, 144: 821-829.

Wilson, C.D., Gareth Arnott, G., Reid, N. & Roberts, D. (2011). The pitfall with PIT tags: marking freshwater bivalves for translocation induces short-term behavioural costs.  Animal Behaviour, 81: 341-346.

Smyth, D. & Roberts, D. (2010). The European oyster (Ostrea edulis) and its epibiotic succession.  Hydrobiologia, 655: 25-36.

Preston, S.J, Harrison, A., Lundy, M., Roberts, D., Beddoe, N. & Rogowski, D. (2010). Square pegs in round holes - the implications of shell shape variation on the translocation of adult Margaritifera margaritifera (L.)  Aquatic conservation marine and freshwater ecosystems, 20(5): 568-573.

Guy, C. & Roberts, D. (2010). Can the spread of non-native oysters (Crassostrea gigas) at the early stages of population expansion be managed?  Marine Pollution Bulletin, 60(7): 1059-1064.

McLean, S.P., Evans, D.W., Rosell, R.S., Roberts, D. & Livingstone, J. (2010). Establishment of the zebra mussel Dreissena polymorpha (Pallas, 1771) in Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland.  Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 110B(1): 55-59.

Nasution, S., Roberts, D., Farnsworth, K., Parker, G.A. & Elwood, R.W. (2010). Why do large females produce large young? Reproductive trade-offs in the whelk, Buccinum undatum.  Journal of Zoology, 281(2): 112-117.

McQuaid, N., Briggs, R. P. & Roberts, D. (2009). Fecundity of Nephrops norvegicus from the Irish Sea.  Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 89: 1181-1188

Smyth, D., Roberts, D. & Browne, L. (2009). Impacts of unregulated harvesting on a recovering stock of native oysters (Ostrea edulis.  Marine Pollution Bulletin, 58: 916-922.

Fernandez-Tajes, J., Gaspar, M., Martinez-Patino, D., McDonough, N., Roberts, D., Gonzalez-Tizon, A., Martinez-Lage, A. & Mendez, J. (2007). Genetic variation of the razor clam Ensis siliqua (Jeffreys, 1875) along the European coast based on random amplified polymorphic DNA markers.  Aquaculture Research, 38: 1205-1212.

Preston, S. J., Keys, A. & Roberts, D. (2007). Culturing freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera: a breakthrough in the conservation of an endangered species.  Aquatic Conservation-Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 17: 539-549.

Preston, S. J. & Roberts, D. (2007). Variation in shell morphology of Calliostoma zizyphinum (Gastropoda : Trochidae).  Journal of Molluscan Studies 73: 101-104.

McQuaid, N., Briggs, R.P., Roberts, D. (2006). Estimation of the size of onset of sexual maturity in Nephrops norvegicus (L.).  Fisheries Research, 81(1): 26-36.

Kennedy, R. J. & Roberts, D. (2006). Commercial oyster stocks as a potential source of larvae in the regeneration of Ostrea edulis in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland.  Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 86: 153-159.

Nasution, S. & Roberts, D. (2004). The aquacultutre potential of the common whelk, Buccinum undatum.  Aquaculture International 12: 509-521.

Maguire, C.M., Roberts, D. & Rosell, R. (2003). The ecological impacts of a zebra mussel invasion in a large Irish Lake, Lough Erne: A typical European experience?  Aquatic Invaders, 14(1): 10-18.

Roberts, D. (2001). Conservation of the freshwater pearl mussel in the north of Ireland. Invited contribution -in: Freshwater pearl mussel in Europe: population status and conservation strategy.  (G. Bauer ed) pp. 76-84 Hof: Wasserwirtschaftsamt Hof.

Roberts, D., Moore, H.M., Berges, J., Patching, J., Carton, M. and Eardley, D. (2001). Sediment distribution, hydrolytic enzyme profiles and bacterial activities in the guts of Oneirophanta mutabilis, Psychropotes longicauda and Pseudostichopus sp. - what do they tell us about digestive strategies of abyssal holothurians?  Progress in Oceanography, 50: 443-458.

Roberts, D., A. Gebruk, V. Levin & B.A.D. Manship. (2000). Feeding and digestive strategies in deposit-feeding holothurians.  Oceanogr. Mar. Biol. Ann. Rev., 38: 257-310.

Kennedy, R.J. & Roberts, D. (1999). A survey of the current status of the flat oyster, Ostrea edulis, in Strangford Lough,Northern Ireland with a view to the restoration of its oyster beds.  Biology & Environment [Proceedings of the Royal Irish academy], 99B: 79-88.

Beasley, C.R. & Roberts, D. (1999). Assessing the conservation status of the freshwater pearl mussel in the north of Ireland - relevance of growth and age characteristics.  Journal of Conchology, 36: 1-9.

Beasley, C.R. & Roberts, D. (1999). Towards a strategy for the conservation of the freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera L in Co. Donegal.  Biological Conservation, 89: 275-284.


Recent Reports

D. Roberts, L. Allcock, J.M. Fariñas Franco, E. Gorman, C.A. Maggs, A.M. Mahon, D. Smyth, E. Strain, and C.D. Wilson (2011). Modiolus Restoration Research Project: Final Report and Recommendations.  Prepared for DOE, DARD, Northern Ireland. 247pp.

Heath, P.L., Robinson, G., Kilgore, D., Roberts, D., Dring, M.J. and Browne K.L. (2002). Study into the aquaculture potential of the red seaweed Dumontia contorta, 37pp [PESCA]

Heath, P.L., Roberts, D., Pyke, M., McWilliams, S. and Kilgore, M., (2002). Development of Depuration Technology in Northern Ireland 27pp [PESCA]

Heath, P.L., Kilgore, M., Maher, P., Mills, J., and Roberts, D. (2002). Development of Hatchery and Nursery Techniques for Razor Clams (Ensis spp.) 23pp Ed:[PESCA]

Heath, P.L., Kilgore, M. and Roberts, D. (2002). Aquaculture Workshops and Information Services. 42pp [PESCA]

Roberts, D., S Jennings, S., Pothanikat, E., Kilgore, M. and Heath, P.L. (2002). Development of Techniques for the cultivation of Squat Lobsters. 32pp [PESCA]

Roberts, D., Kilgore, M. and Heath, P.L. (2002). Aquaculture Training. 20pp [PESCA]

Preston, J. and Roberts, D. (2002). Culturing Freshwater Pearl Mussel Margaritifera margaritifera in Northern Ireland. A first step towards the reintroduction of a threatened species. SNIFFER 57pp.

Preston, J. and Roberts, D. (2002). Species Action Plan for the Freshwater mussel Margaritifera margaritifera in Northern Ireland. EHS 16pp.

Roberts, D. (2002). Fisheries. In: Implications of climate change for Northern Ireland: Informing strategy development (Eds: A. Smyth, W. I. Montgomery, D. Favis-Mortlock & S. Allen), pp 91-94.