Project Team and Partners

Dr. Larissa Naylor is an expert in biogeomorphology and in particular interactions between microbical colonisation and rock type in coastal environments. Professor Richard Thompson is one of the UK’s leading researchers examining interactions between marine macrobiota (molluscs, crustaceans algae etc) and marine engineering, such as coastal defences. Dr Stephen Roast is a Marine Scientist at the Environment Agency, who brings professional experience in influencing marine policy and working closely with operational staff in the Environment Agency, along with specialist understanding of marine macro-biota. Together, they enabled an interdisciplinary approach to be used to evaluate potential ways of manipulating rock type and texture to enhance biological colonisation. Dr Martin Coombes undertook the work as part of his PhD. Martin has a combination of academic expertise in biogeomorphology and has two years of experience working in flood risk management. The project was jointly funded by the Environment Agency and Great Western Research.

Core Project Partners

Great Western ResearchEnvironment AgencyHR WallingfordUniversity College FalmouthUniversity of Plymouth

Additional Project Partners

Materials, Access and Specialist Equipment : Ilfracombe Harbour Authority, Newlyn Harbour Authority, Porthleven Harbour Authority, Aram Resources Ltd. (Carnsew Quarry), Enstone Johnson Ltd (De Lank Quarry), the Crown Estate, Natural England, Duchy of Cornwall, University College Falmouth

Wider Consultation: Halcrow, Atkins Global, Devon Wildlife Trust, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Cornwall RIGS group, National Trust, National Maritime Museum, Stone-firms Ltd, Cornwall Concrete Products, Falmouth Harbour Commissioners, West Bay Harbour Authority, Truro Harbour Authority, RSPB, West Dorset District Council, The Concrete Centre, North Devon Plus, Cornwall County Council, University of Washington.

Invited talks and publicity: North Devon Biosphere Reserve’s Technical Steering Group Meeting (April 2010), Environment Agency’s Coastal and Marine Newsletter (2008), Southwest Harbour Authorities’ Working Group (2008).

Great Western Research Update Newsletter, January 2010