Mr Franz Bauer

Mr Franz Bauer

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



I am a PhD student working on Marine Eco-Engineering. My project focuses on "Retrospective optimisation of multifunctionality on coastal urban infrastructure" and is funded by the NERC ARIES Doctoral Training Partnership.

My research interests include experimental benthic ecology and architectural design. I hope to combine these two fields of interest during my PhD project by investigating the interactions between benthic species communities and the structural complexity of their habitat. My aim is to develop novel design strategies to improve the sustainability and ecological multifunctionality of coastal infrastructure.

Supervisory team:

  • Dr Louise Firth (Director of Studies) - University of Plymouth
  • Dr Antony Knights - University of Plymouth
  • Dr Andy Foggo - University of Plymouth
  • Dr Mick Hanley - University of Plymouth
  • Dr John Griffin - Swansea University
  • Dr Austin Brown - ARUP


MSc Biological Oceanography - Christian-Albrecht University of Kiel / GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany (2019-2022)

BSc Biosciences - Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg, Germany (2015-2018)




Bauer F., Ritter M., Siljeg A., Gretschel G., Lenz M. (2022) "Effects of artificial light at night on the feeding behaviour of three marine benthic grazers from the Adriatic Sea are species-specific and mostly short-lived", Marine Pollution Bulletin 185 (Part B).