Publications & News

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Peer-reviewed publications

Castañeda, R.A., E. Cvetanovska, K.M. Hamelin, M.A. Simard, A. Ricciardi. 2018. Distribution, abundance and condition of an invasive bivalve (Corbicula fluminea) along an artificial thermal gradient in the St. Lawrence River. Aquatic Invasions. 13:379-392

Hamelin, K.M., R.A. Castañeda, A. Ricciardi, A. 2016. Cryptic invaders: nonindigenous and cryptogenic freshwater Bryozoa and Entoprocta in the St. Lawrence River. Biological Invasions.18:1737–1744.

Castañeda, R.A., S. Avlijas, M.A. Simard, A. Ricciardi. 2014. Microplastic pollution in St. Lawrence River sedimentsCanadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.71:1767-1771. (Most read paper of the journal in 2014)

Castañeda, R.A., O.L.F. Weyl, N.E. Mandrak. 2020. Using occupancy models to assess the effectiveness of underwater cameras to detect rare stream fishes. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems.

Vargas Soto, J., R.A. Castañeda, N.E. Mandrak, P. Molnár. 2020. A novel method to estimate animal density in three dimensions using capture-frequency data from remote detectors. bioRxiv 852475

In prep, Submitted, In review

Castañeda, R.A., N.E. Mandrak, S. Barrow, O.L.F. Weyl. Population dynamics of rare cyprinids after invasive fish eradication. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. Accepted with revisions (AQC-19-0251).

Crookes, S., T. Heer, R.A. Castañeda, N.E. Mandrak, D.D. Heath, O.L.F Weyl, H. MacIsaac, L.C. Foxcroft. Use of eDNA for invasive fish detection in dangerous watersheds. Minor revisions (#47475).

Castañeda, R.A., A. Van Nynatten, S. Crookes, B. Ellender, D. Heath, H. MacIsaac, N.E. Mandrak, O.L.F. Weyl. Detecting native freshwater fishes using novel non-invasive methods. Moderate revisions.

Crookes, S.*, R.A. Castañeda*, S. Avlijas, D. Heath, N.E. Mandrak, O.L.F. Weyl, H. MacIsaac. Relative success of novel and conventional surveying methods for fish detection. Major Revisions (BINV-D-18-00571) *equal contributors

Vargas Soto, J., R.A. Castañeda, N.E. Mandrak, P. Molnár. A novel method to estimate animal density in three dimensions using capture-frequency data from remote detectors. In review.

Bits of writing

Audiobook Reviews
Liquids: The Spellbinding Substances that Guide Our Lives written by Mark Miodownick, narrated by Daniel Weyman; Lab Girl written and narrated by Hope Jahren. The EEB Quarterly. 1(3):108-109

Get Well Soon: History’s worst plagues and the heroes who fought them, by Jennifer Wright, narrated by Gabra Zackman. The EEB Quarterly. 2(1):93

Organism Profile Redside Dace (Family: Cyprinidae). 2018. The EEB Quarterly. 1(1):45-47

Stopping the invasion. July 8, 2015. Ontario Nature Blog. Co-written with Sara Campbell, Andrew Drake, and Nicholas Mandrak


February 2020: I am officially an Associate Editor for Biological Invasions

September 2019: I successfully defended my PhD thesis!

April 2019: I was awarded the Harold Harvey Prize for sustained contribution to intellectual life in the EEB Department at UofT

January 2019 – April 2019: I received the Mitacs Globalink Research Award that facilitated my semester at the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity

December 2018: I was awarded the Canadian Aquatic Resources Section of AFS: Peter Larkin Award for Excellence in Fisheries