I am a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow working with the Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) industry and its stakeholders to translate and apply biological science in order to tackle the problem of marine growth on ocean infrastructure.
Wind turbines, wave energy convertors and tidal turbines, are quickly colonised by plants and animals after they are installed at sea. This marine growth, or biofouling, is unwanted from an engineering perspective. Biofouling adds extra mass, thickness and roughness to structures and this can have consequences for structural integrity, efficiency, maintenance and functioning of marine infrastructure. Non-native species are also commonly found on man-made structures, making biofouling a potential biosecurity risk and devices possible vectors for species invasions. Through my fellowship I am helping to mitigate both industrial and environmental risks associated with biofouling and the MRE industry|