Demetra Andreou

Dr Demetra Andreou

  • Principal Academic In Environmental Science
  • Christchurch House C113, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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My research can be subdivided into three main streams which all combine to inform the conservation management of species.

1. Conservation of migratory species

I use a combination of genomic tools, environmental DNA detection and telemetry to inform the conservation management of migratory species such as the sea lamprey and allis and twaite shad. The work is funded by the European Commission (Marie Curie fellowship to Dr Miguel Soares) and the Severn Rivers Trust (through two PhD studentships – Caterina Antognazza and Peter Davies).

Collaborators: Prof. Robert Britton, Dr Pippa Gillingham

2. Emerging disease and host-parasite co-evolution

I am researching the factors that can lead to disease emergence using the parasite Sphaerothecum destruens as a model species. My work has demonstrated how this generalist parasite can establish and spread to new hosts within a year of its introduction.

Lab alumni that have worked on this topic: Dr Salma Sana;Dr Farah Al-Shorbaji

Collaborators: Dr Chris Williams (Environment Agency); Dr Richard Paley (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science); Dr Rodolphe E...



Journal Articles





  • Britton, J., Bentley, M., Andreou, D., Stebbing, P., Hart, A. and Green, N., 2022. The efficacy of male sterilisation in invasive signal crayfish Pacifastacus leniusculus: persistence and functionality in captive and wild conditions.. Unknown. Unpublished.
  • Britton, J., Bentley, M., Andreou, D., Stebbing, P. and Green, N., 2022. Responses of an invasive riverine crayfish population to multi-method population control.. Unknown. Unpublished.
  • Davies, P., Britton, J., Andreou, D., Nunn, A.D., Dodd, J., Crundwell, C., Velterop, R. and Bolland, J.D., 2022. Movement, space use and spatial fidelity of threatened anadromous twaite shad Alosa fallax during their spawning migrations. Unpublished. Unpublished.

PhD Students

  • Helen Slater. The Importance of Micro-Climate Refuges for Mammal Responses to Climate Change & Human Disturbance


  • The biology of river restoration: migration and population responses of threatened migratory fishes to restored river connectivity (Severn Rivers Trust, 01 Nov 2017). Awarded
  • ADAPTATION:- Predicting adaptive responses of protected species to environmentsl changes to optimise conservation management frameworks in Europe (European Commission H2020 MSCA IF (Standard), 01 Nov 2016). In Progress
  • Connect Severn: Conservation and ecological implications for threatened migratory fishes of restoring longitudinal connectivity of a major river basin (Severn Rivers Trust, 01 Sep 2016). Awarded
  • ECO-CODING: Creating a centre for DNA Meta-barcoding Ecology at BU (HEIF (Higher Education Innovation Fund), 31 Jul 2016). Awarded
  • River Teme Shad Spawning Survey (Natural England, 01 Apr 2015). Completed

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Public Lecture Afternoon Presentation (14 Sep 2016)


  • PGCE in Educational Practice (Bournemouth University, 2016)
  • PhD in Biological Sciences (Cardiff University, 2010)
  • MRes in Ecology and Environmental Management (University of York, 2005)
  • BSc (Hons) in Biology (Trent University, Canada, 2003)


  • British Ecological society, Member (2011-),
  • British Ecological Society, Member (2011-),
  • The British Society for Parasitology, Member (2011-),
  • British Ecological Society, Member,
  • British Society for Parasitology, Member,
  • Fisheries Society of the British Isles, Member,
  • North-Western Journal of Zoology, Associate,