Elizabeta Briski - Invasion Ecology Group

Publications/accepted manuscripts:


  • Pansch, C., Scotti, M., Barboza, F., Al-Janabi, B., Brakel, J., Briski, E., Bucholz, B., Franz, M., Ito, M., Paiva, F., Saha, M., Sawall, Y., Weinberger, F. and M. Wahl. 2018. Heat waves and their significance for a temperate benthic community: a near-natural experimental approach. Global Change Biology, doi: 10.1111/gcb.14282.

  • Briski, E., Chan, F.T., Darling, J.A., Lauringson, V., MacIsaac, H.J., Zhan, A. and S.A. Bailey. 2018. Beyond propagule pressure: importance of selection during the transport stage of biological invasions. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, (accepted)

  • Paiva, F., Barco, A., Chen, Y., Mirzajani, A., Chan, F., Lauringson, V., Baltazar-Soares, M., Zhan, A., Bailey, S., Javidpour, J. and E. Briski. 2018.Is salinity an obstacle for biological invasions? Global Change Biology, 24: 2708-2720, doi: 10.1111/gcb.14049.

  • Kydd, J., Rajakaruna, H., Briski, E. and S.A. Bailey. 2018. Evaluation of a High Resolution Laser Optical Plankton Counter and FlowCAM for measuring plankton density and size. Journal of Sea Research, 133: 2-10, doi: 10.1016/j.seares.2017.01.003.


  • Baltazar-Soares, M., Paiva, F., Chen, Y., Zhan, A. and E. Briski. 2017. Diversity and distribution of genetic variation in gammarids: comparing patterns between invasive and non-invasive species. Ecology & Evolution, 7: 7687-7698, doi: 10.1002/ece3.3208.


  • Casties, I., Seebens, H. and E. Briski. 2016. Importance of geographic origin for invasion success: a case study of the North and Baltic Seas versus the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River region. Ecology & Evolution, 6: 8318-8329, doi: 10.1002/ece3.2528;Erratum published: 2017. doi: 10.1002/ece3.3299.

  • Ghabooli, S., Zhan, A., Paulucci, E., Hernandez, M., Briski, E., Cristescu, M.E. and H.J. MacIsaac. 2016. Population attenuation in zooplankton communities during transoceanic transfer in ballast water. Ecology & Evolution, 6(17): 6170-6177, doi: 10.1002/ece3.2349

  • Briski, E., Ghabooli, S., Bailey, S.A. and H.J. MacIsaac. 2016. Are genetic databases sufficiently populated to detect non-indigenous species? Biological Invasions, 18: 1911-1922, doi: 10.1007/s10530-016-1134-1


  • Zhan, A., Briski, E., Bock, D., Ghabooli, S. and H.J. MacIsaac. 2015. Ascidians as models for studying invasion success. Marine Biology, 162: 2449-2470, doi: 10.1007/s00227-015-2734-5

  • Briski, E., Gollasch, S., David, M., Linley, R.D., Casas-Monroy, O., Rajakaruna, H. and S.A. Bailey. 2015. Combining ballast water exchange and treatment to maximize prevention of species introductions to freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Science & Technology, 49(16): 9566-9573, doi: 10.1021/acs.est.5b01795

  • Chan, F.T., Bradie, J., Briski, E., Bailey, S.A., Simard, N. and H.J. MacIsaac. 2015. Assessing introduction risk using species' rank-abundance distributions. Proceedings of the Royal Society B - Biological Science, 282: 20141517, doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1517


  • Briski, E., Drake, D.A.R., Chan, F.T., Bailey, S.A. and H.J. MacIsaac. 2014. Variation in propagule and colonization pressures following rapid human-mediated transport: implications for a universal assemblage-based management model. Limnology and Oceanography, 59(6): 2068-2076, doi:10.4319/lo.2014.59.6.2068

  • Briski, E., Linley, R.D., Adams, J. and S.A. Bailey. 2014. Evaluating efficacy of a ballast water filtration system for reducing spread of aquatic species in freshwater ecosystems. Management of Biological Invasions, 5(3): 245-253, doi:10.3391/mbi.2014.5.3.08

  • Adams, J.K., Briski, E., Ram, J.L. and S.A. Bailey. 2014. Evaluating the response of freshwater organisms to vital staining. 2014. Management of Biological Invasions, 5(3): 187-208, doi:10.3391/mbi.2014.5.3.02

  • Chan, F., Briski, E., Bailey, S.A. and H.J. MacIsaac. 2014. Richness-abundance relationships for zooplankton in ballast water: temperate versus Arctic comparisons. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 71(7): 1876-1884, doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsu020

  • Drake, D.A.R., Chan, F.T., Briski, E., Bailey, S.A. and H.J. MacIsaac. 2014. Assemblage structure: an overlooked component of human-mediated species movements among freshwater ecosystems. Journal of Limnology, 73(s1): 112-119, doi:10.4081/jlinmol.2014.802

  • Briski, E., Chan, F., MacIsaac, H.J. and S.A. Bailey. 2014. A conceptual model of community dynamics during the transport stage of the invasion process: a case study of ships' ballast. Diversity and Distributions, 20: 236-244, doi:10.1111/ddi.12154



  • Ghabooli, S., Shiganova, T.A., Briski, E., Piraino, S., Fuentes, V., Thibault-Botha, D., Dror, A., Cristescu, M.E. and H.J. MacIsaac. 2013. Invasion pathway of the ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi in the Mediterranean Sea. PLoS ONE, 8(11): e81067, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081067
  • Briski, E., Bailey, S.A. and H.J. MacIsaac. 2013. Separation strategies for invertebrate dormant stages in sediments. Aquatic Biology, 18: 209-2015, doi:10.3354/ab00509
  • Briski, E., Bailey, S.A., Casas-Monroy, O., DiBacco, C., Kaczmarska, I., Lawrence, J.E., Leichsenring, J., Levings, C., MacGillivary, M.L., McKindsey, C.W., Nasmith, L.E., Parenteau, M., Piercey, G.E., Rivkin, R.B., Rochon, A., Roy, S., Simard, N., Sun, B., Way, C., Weise, A.M. and H.J. MacIsaac. 2013. Taxon- and vector-specific variation in species richness and abundance during the transport stage of biological invasions. Limnology and Oceanography, 58(4): 1361-1372, doi:10.4319/lo.2013.58.4.1361
  • Ghabooli, S., Zhan, A., Sardiña, P., Paolucci, E., Sylvester, F., Perepelizin, P., Briski, E., Cristescu, M.E. and H.J.  MacIsaac. 2013. Genetic diversity in introduced golden mussel populations corresponds to vector activity. PLoS ONE, 8(3): e59328, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0059328
  • Briski, E., Allinger, L.E., Balcer, M., Cangelosi, A., Fanberg, L., Markee, T.P., Mays, N., Polkinghorne, C.N., Prihoda, K.R., Reavie, E.D., Regan, D.H., Reid, D.M., Saillard, H.J., Schwerdt, T., Schaefer, H., TenEyck, M., Wiley, C.J. and S.A. Bailey. 2013. Multidimensional approach to invasive species prevention. Environmental Science & Technology, 47: 1216-1221, doi:10.1021/es3029445


  • Briski, E., Wiley, C.J. and S.A. Bailey. 2012. Role of domestic shipping in the introduction or secondary spread of nonindigenous species: biological invasions within the Laurentian Great Lakes. Journal of Applied Ecology, 49: 1124-1130, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02186.x
  • Briski, E., Bailey, S.A., Casas-Monroy, O., DiBacco, C., Kaczmarska, I., Levings, C., MacGillivary, M.L., McKindsey, C.W., Nasmith, L.E., Parenteau, M., Piercey, G.E., Rochon, A., Roy, S., Simard, N., Villac, C., Weise, A.M. and H.J. MacIsaac. 2012. Relationship between propagule pressure and colonization pressure in invasion ecology: a test with ships' ballast. Proceedings of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences, 279: 2990-2997, doi:10.1098/rspb.2011.2671
  • Briski, E., Ghabooli, S., Bailey, S.A. and H.J. MacIsaac. 2012. Invasion risk posed by macroinvertebrates transported in ships' ballast tanks. Biological Invasions, 14: 1843-1850, doi:10.1007/s10530-012-0194-0


  • Briski, E., Bailey, S.A. and H.J. MacIsaac. 2011. Invertebrates and their dormant eggs transported in ballast sediments of ships arriving to the Canadian coasts and the Laurentian Great Lakes. Limnology and Oceanography, 56(5): 1929-1939, doi:10.4319/lo2011.56.5.1929 
  • Briski, E., Ghabooli, S., Bailey, S.A. and H.J. MacIsaac. 2011. Assessing invasion risk across taxa and habitats: life stage as a determinant of invasion success. Diversity and Distributions, 17: 593-602, doi:10.1111/j.1472-4642.2011.00763.x
  • Briski, E., Cristescu, M.E., Bailey, S.A. and H.J. MacIsaac. 2011. Use of DNA barcoding to detect invertebrate invasive species from diapausing eggs. Biological Invasions, 13: 1325-1340, doi:10.1007/s10530-010-9892-7

  • Adebayo, A.A., Briski, E., Kalaci, O., Hernandez, M., Ghabooli, S., Beric, B., Chan, F.T., Zhan, A., Fifield, E., Leadley, T. and H.J. MacIsaac. 2011. Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) and water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes) in the Great Lakes: playing with fire? Aquatic Invasions, 6: 91-96, doi:10.3391/ai.2011.6.1.11



  • Briski, E., Bailey, S.A., Cristescu, M.E. and H.J. MacIsaac. 2010. Efficacy of ‘saltwater flushing’ in protecting the Great Lakes from biological invasions by invertebrate eggs in ships’ ballast sediment. Freshwater Biology, 55: 2414-2424, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2427.2010.02449.x



  • Briski, E., VanStappen, G., Bossier, P. and P. Sorgeloos. 2008. Laboratory production of early hatching Artemia sp. cysts by selection. Aquaculture, 282: 19-25, doi:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2008.06.034

Special publications:

  • Chan, F.T. and E. Briski. 2017. An overview of recent research in marine biological invasions. Marine Biology, 164: 121, doi: 10.1007/s00227-017-3155-4.

  • Casties, I. and E. Briski. 2016. Temperature tolerance of two amphipod species under Kiel Fjord conditions: Baltic vs. Caspian Sea species. The 41th CIESM Congress Proceedings, 41: 427.

  • Briski, E. and F.T. Chan. 2015. Preface to "Invasive Species" Topical Collection. Marine Biology, 162: 2447-2448, doi: 10.1007/s00227-015-2729-2.

  • Briski, E. and H. Niblock. 2012. Proceedings of the Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat peer-review of the risk assessment for ship-mediated introductions of aquatic non-indigenous species to the Great Lakes and the Canadian Arctic. Fisheries and Oceans Canada.


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