My current marine ecology research focuses include 3D structure in habitats and ecosystems, high-resolution topographic and bathymetric remote sensing, temperate reef ecology and habitat mapping. I use state-of-the-art remote sensing techniques and geographic information systems to explore questions in spatial ecology at multiple scales.
Research highlights include mapping and monitoring fine-scale 3D topographic change in intertidal honeycomb worm (Sabellaria alveolata) reef habitat using terrestrial laser scanning and structure-from-motion photogrammetry, predictive mapping of subtidal temperate reef habitats in high-energy marine regions using multibeam echo sounder, and investigating topographic predictors of biodiversity variation in rocky shores and artificial coastal structures.
Other research interests and previous experience include biofouling communities on marine renewable energy infrastructure, decapod crustacean adaptation to multiple stressors during larval development, thresher shark (Alopius pelagicus) hunting behaviour and tropical coral reef ecology.
I work on the SEACAMS2 project, conducting collaborative research projects with industry partners in the marine renewable energy sector in Wales. I am also involved in the Ecostructure project, conducting research to improve the ecological value of coastal infrastructure in the face of climate change. Both of these projects are part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.