Nina Schaefer

Areas of Expertise

Eco-engineering, intertidal rocky shore, climate change

Eco-engineering in urban seascapes

Coastal populations around the world are rapidly increasing and will further increase in the future. The urbanisation of coastal areas has resulted in modifications of the shoreline, with natural habitats being replaced by artificial structures. These artificial structures have a big impact on the surrounding environment and change the composition of the resident biota. Multifunctional ecological engineering designs seek to reduce the impact of artificial structures on the environment, while providing useful ecosystem services.

My research focuses on incorporating multifunctional eco-engineering designs into highly modified urban seascapes.  I will use a combination of large-scale surveys and small- and large-scale field experiments to provide a rigorous scientific basis and testing for these designs.

Supervisors:

Professor Emma Johnston
Dr Katherine Dafforn
Dr Mariana Mayer Pinto