Miss Danielle Bridger

Miss Danielle Bridger

Teaching and Support Assistant

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


I'm a PhD student studying the effects of open ocean mussel farming on ecosystem services. This involves identifying the ecological changes of benthic epifaunal and infaunal communities, and pelagic organisms as a result of a growing mussel farm currently being developed in Lyme Bay, Dorset. 

I will also assess whether the detected ecological effects support associate fisheries and how the effects are perceived by other marine users.



MRes Marine Biology, Plymouth University

BSc (Hons) Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology, Plymouth University

Professional membership

Marine Biological Association

Sheehan EV, Bridger D, Cousens SL, Attrill MJ (2015) Testing the resilience of dead maerl infaunal assemblages to the experimental removal and re-lay of habitat. Marine Ecology Progress Series 535: 117-128

Sheehan EV, Bridger D, Attrill MJ (2015) The ecosystem service value of living versus dead biogenic reef. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 154: 248-254 

Bridger D, Bonner SJ, Briffa M (2015) Individual quality and personality: bolder males are less fecund in the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 282: 20142492

Briffa M, Bridger D, Biro PA (2013) How does temperature affect behaviour? Multilevel analysis of plasticity, personality and predictability in hermit crabs. Animal Behaviour 86: 47-54