Falkland Islands marine forests: discovering biodiversity in the South Atlantic

Seaweeds are a vital natural resource in the Falkland Islands, a UK Overseas Territory in the southwest Atlantic. The entire coastline of this remote archipelago, which includes nearly 800 separate islands, is fringed by ‘marine forests’ consisting of an extraordinary array of different seaweed species. These seaweed-dominated ecosystems are vital for the functioning of the … Continue reading Falkland Islands marine forests: discovering biodiversity in the South Atlantic

Population structure in the red calcifying alga Corallina officinalis in the North Atlantic: implications in a time of global climate change

In 2018 Henry Glynn conducted a masters research project using SNP markers to analyse population genetic patterns of Corallina officinalis in the Northeast Atlantic. This is a follow-up to a previous project. Abstract The intertidal zone consists of a variety of habitats providing shelter and resource for a wide array of wildlife including commercial species. Red coralline algae … Continue reading Population structure in the red calcifying alga Corallina officinalis in the North Atlantic: implications in a time of global climate change

Isle of Wight: monitoring seaweed with drones

On Monday the 23rd of April, we ventured out to the Isle of Wight. Also known as “Dinosaur Island”, it is famous for its dinosaur fossils and beautiful coasts. It is less known, however, for the rich seaweed communities which surround the island. Many people may grumble, turn around and leave once they find out … Continue reading Isle of Wight: monitoring seaweed with drones

What’s the best way to monitor kelp? The fun/efficiency trade-off

Kelp occupies the subtidal of our shores. In coastal ecosystems, kelp form habitats, providing food and a home for countless species. Their importance in coastal ecosystems is great, as is their commercial value to harvesters. HOWEVER, kelps face a wide range of pressures from harvesting to invasive species and climate change. Rising sea surface temperature (SST) … Continue reading What’s the best way to monitor kelp? The fun/efficiency trade-off

Remote sensing of kelp: novel methods for mapping and monitoring wild kelp resources

The executive summary from a report for The Crown Estate, piloting novel methods for mapping and monitoring kelp resources in the northeast Atlantic. Executive summary Kelp (Laminariales) are large brown, habitat-forming macroalgal (seaweed) species. Their large biogenic structure and ‘forest-like’ nature provide nursery and feeding grounds for a rich diversity of associated flora and fauna, … Continue reading Remote sensing of kelp: novel methods for mapping and monitoring wild kelp resources

Population genetics of the calcifying algae, Corallina officinalis

In 2017 Teresa Vale conducted a master’s research project using SNP markers to analyse population genetic patterns of Corallina officinalis in the Northeast Atlantic. This is a follow-up to this previous project. Abstract Calcifying macroalgae are an integral part of marine communities but they are significantly vulnerable to ocean acidification caused by an increased uptake of … Continue reading Population genetics of the calcifying algae, Corallina officinalis