Full project title
Investigating the interaction between marine infrastructure and the environment to minimise the spread of marine fouling non-native species
My research investigates the interaction between marine non-native species and the environmental features of artificial structures with which they interact.
Artificial structures such as marinas, breakwaters and renewable energy devices provide novel habitat for settlement by many marine species. A subset of these are non-native species, species which originate from other biogeographic areas and which may become invasive, negatively impacting native species or people.
I use marinas as a case study, investigating the way environmental characteristics, like salinity, affect the communities which colonise marina structures. Through a combination of field experiments and comparative surveys, I aim to understand whether these effects differentially impact native and non-native species. Ultimately, this could provide novel options for reducing risk of colonisation by non-native species. In addition, I aim to identify influential legislation and actors driving developments in marine invasive species policy within the UK.
Dr Meriwether Wilson, University of Edinburgh
University of Edinburgh
Foster, V, Giesler, RJ, Wilson, AMW, Nall, CR, Cook, EJ (2016) Identifying the physical features of marina infrastructure associated with the presence of non-native species in the UK. Marine Biology 163: 173. Doi: 10.1007/s00227-016-2941-8
Giesler, RJ, Cottier-Cook, EJ, Wilson, AMW (2015) Blue Build and Biosecurity. University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Research Conference.
Giesler, RJ, Cottier-Cook, EJ (2014) The Achilles’ heel of marine biosecurity in the Isle of Man: The establishment and spread of the invasive Wireweed, Sargassum muticum. MASTS ASM. Edinburgh, UK
Giesler, RJ, Cottier-Cook, EJ, Wilson, AMW (2016) Using freshwater as a biosecurity tool for controlling marine fouling non-native species. NEOBIOTA 2016. Vianden, Luxembourg
Giesler, RJ, Cottier-Cook, EJ, Wilson, AMW (2015) Does temporary exposure to freshwater affect marina biofouling communities? University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Research Conference.
Neobiota 2016 – Student helper at Neobiota 2016, Vianden, Luxembourg
Geoscience GradSchool Committee 2015, University of Edinburgh
2017 Guest lecturer, University of Edinburgh, MSc course 'Marine Infrastructure and Environmental Change'
2015-16 Course assistant and guest lecturer, University of Edinburgh, MSc course 'Marine Infrastructure and Environmental Change'
Public engagement experience
Introduction to Invasive Species Monitoring – Lecture for West Highland Anchorages and Moorings Association (WHAM) AGM 2015
Professional training courses
2017 ‘Taxonomic principles and tools in botanical research’, Natural History Museum, London
2016 ‘Making a difference in Invasion Biology: improving links between research, policy and practice.’ ParrotNet, Marseille
2015 ‘An introduction to PRIMER’, Herriot-Watt, Edinburgh
2015 ‘BPS Seaweed Identification Course’, MBA, Plymouth
2015 ‘MASTS Policy Day’, Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh
2015 ‘Marine Policy Masterclass’, SAMS, Oban
2014 ‘International Law of the Sea’ Edinburgh School of Law
2014 Seafood Sustainability Research Intern. International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF)
2013/14 Sustainable Seafood Coalition Intern. ClientEarth
2013 MRes Ecosystem-Based Management of Marine Systems. University of St Andrews and SAMS
2012 BA (Oxon) Biological Sciences. University of Oxford