I am a marine biologist with a strong interest in artificial structures and ecological enhancement. I am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher on the Atlantic Interreg project 3DPARE which has 3D printed artificial reef units for use in the Atlantic region. I conduct various surveys including scientific SCUBA diving, Remotely operated vehicles (ROV) and Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV).
My PhD research investigated the impact of artificial structures on the marine environment, in particular coastal structures such as seawalls, groynes and piers.
My research includes work on the:
1) Benthic communities on wooden and rock groynes in comparison to natural shores.
2) Processes on wooden and rock groynes in comparison to natural shores; settlement, recruitment and mortality
3) Ecological Enhancement of artificial structures through surface heterogeneity and water retention
4) The influence of piers on the surrounding communities?
5) Modelling the connectivity of artificial structures through larvae supply