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Dr Louise Firth, Lecturer in Environmental Science

Is there space for nature in the Anthropocene?

Dr Louise Firth's TEDx talk centres on how small-scale engineering interventions can be implemented on seawalls and other artificial marine structures to create suitable habitats for marine life.

Watch a short animation about one of the Conservation Evidence synopses: Enhancing the Biodiversity of Marine Artificial Structures

Invasive species may be important for facilitating native species on marine artificial structures

The degree to which native habitat-forming species versus invasive habitat-forming species either do or do not facilitate other native or non-native species is a rich area for investigation. 

Watch our explainer animation

BIOBLOCKs show how coastal designs could benefit marine life

There is growing concern about the impacts of ocean sprawl on marine ecosystems. 
We're researching how eco-engineering techniques, such as BIOBLOCKS, can be used to mimic natural rock pools, pits and crevices on artificial structures to support native biodiversity.

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<p>Rocks and rockpools</p>
<p>Dr Louise Firth on the causeway to Mutton Island in Galway Bay. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy<br></p>

Dr Louise Firth on the causeway to Mutton Island in Galway Bay. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy