Alan Hildrew is an ecologist and freshwater biologist with over 40 years research experience in the UK, Africa and elsewhere. He specialises in community ecology and species interactions among benthic invertebrates, primarily using long-term studies of the relatively simple communities of acidic streams. He is responsible for the monitoring of benthic and littoral invertebrates of streams and lakes in the Acid (now Upland) Waters Monitoring Network. He was Chief Editor of Freshwater Biology for 33 years, he is a former Chairman and President of the Freshwater Biological Association, and was awarded the prize of the International Ecology Institute (ECI) in 2012.

Current Position

Emeritus Professor of Ecology at Queen Mary, University of London

Honorary Research Fellow of the Freshwater Biological Association

Fellow, Linnean Society of London

Selected Publications

Lauridsen, R.B., Edwards, F.K., Cross, W.F., Woodward, G., Hildrew, A.G. & Jones, J.I. (2014) Consequences of inferring diet from feeding guilds when estimating and interpreting consumer-resource stoichiometry. Freshwater Biology, 59, 1497-1508

Jenkins, G.B., Woodward, G. & Hildrew, A.G. (2013) Long-term amelioration of acidity accelerates decomposition in headwater streams. Global Change Biology, 19, 1100–1106

Layer, K., Hildrew, A.G., Jenkins, G.B., Riede, J.O., Rossiter, S.J., Townsend, C.R. & Woodward, G. (2011) Long-term dynamics of a well-characterized food web: four decades of acidification and recovery in the Broadstone Stream model system. Advances in Ecological Research, 44. 69-117.

Ings, N., Hildrew, A.G. & Grey J. (2010) Gardening by the psychomyiid caddisfly Tinodes waeneri: evidence from stable isotopes. Oecologia, 163, 127-139

Hildrew, A.G. (2009) Sustained research on stream communities: a model system and the comparative approach. Advances in Ecological Research, 41, 175-312.

Trimmer, M., Hildrew, A.G., Jackson, M.C., Pretty, J.L. & Grey, J. (2009) Evidence for the role of methane-derived carbon in a free-flowing river food web. Limnology & Oceanography, 54, 1541-1547.

Wilcock, H.R., Bruford, M.W., Nichols, R.A. & Hildrew, A.G. (2007) Landscape, habitat characteristics and the geographical population structure of two caddisflies. Freshwater Biology, 52, 1907-1929.

Woodward, G, Speirs, D.C. & Hildrew, A.G. (2005) Quantification of a complex, size-structured food web. Advances in Ecological Research, 36, 85-135.

Petersen, I, Masters, Z., Hildrew, A.G. & Ormerod, S.J. (2004) Dispersal of adult aquatic insects in catchments of differing land use. Journal of Applied Ecology, 41, 934-950.

Hildrew, A.G., Woodward, G., Winterbottom, J.H. & Orton, S. (2004) Strong density-dependence in a predatory insect: larger scale experiments in a stream. Journal of Animal Ecology. 73, 448-458.

Woodward, G & Hildrew, A.G. (2002) Body-size determinants of niche overlap and intraguild predation within a complex food web. Journal of Animal Ecology, 71, 1063-1074.

Schmid-Araya, J.M., Hildrew, A.G. Robertson, A., Schmid, P. & Winterbottom, J.E. (2002) The importance of meiofauna in food webs: evidence from an acid stream. Ecology, 83, 1271-1285.

Edington, J.M. & Hildrew, A.G. (1995) Caseless caddis larvae of the British Isles. Scientific Publications of the Freshwater Biological Association 53, 134p, Ambleside.