Help us with our research!

Ecostructure’s work involves building eco-sensitive designs into coastal structures to benefit marine plants and animals. Help us understand what you value about your coast and what you think of our eco-engineering experiments by taking our survey.

Downloadable Resources

Ecostructure is developing a number of resources for you to learn about and explore your coast. Below you’ll find field guides and fact sheets that are free to download. Use them on the web, download to use them in your classroom, or share them with your friends to spread the word about eco-engineering, climate change, and biodiversity.

Invasive Species: Carpet Sea Squirt

Invasive species are one of the biggest problems facing biodiversity conservation today. The Carpet Sea Squirt (Didemnum vexillum) is an invasive marine species originally from Japan that is beginning to spread along the Irish and Welsh coasts. As part of our research, we’re investigating:

  • What might be causing it to spread?
  • Does it use hard structures along the coast to expand its range? 
  • Do certain populations have genetic adaptations that allow them to spread more rapidly?

To learn more about the Carpet Sea Squirt, view or download the following fact sheet, which comes with an accompanying crossword for testing your knowledge. 

View and Download the Carpet Sea Squirt Fact Sheet here.

More to come!

We'll be adding more resources soon. Follow along with us on Twitter to be informed about the latest resources and project updates: