Below you’ll find a number of videos showing you how to participate in our research and experiments, and explaining Ecostructure’s research into how seashore species may be expanding their ranges due to climate change. You can access all our videos on Ecostructure’s YouTube channel, or by viewing them below.
Rockpool Point of View
Rockpools provide shelter from sun and heat for intertidal species. This video from Ecostructure researcher Atteyeh S. Natanzi takes you into these shallow marine ecosystems brimming with life. See how many different species of algae you can spot!
We’re particularly interested in seashore snails you might find in tidepools such as these. If you spot any dogwhelks or topshells, take a photo and upload them to the Ecostructure Observatory.
Seashore Snail Survey
Ecostructure project coordinator Joe Ironside of Aberystwyth University introduces our Seashore Snail Survey in the video above and shows how you can take your family out on a snail hunt while contributing valuable data in this citizen science project.
Sampling Topshells & Dogwhelks
Dr. Melanie Prentice of Aberystwyth University shows how she samples for topshells and dogwhelks and explains their potential range expansions in this video filmed in Co. Cork, Ireland.
Installing Eco-Engineering Experiments
Video by Jennifer Coughlan (Senior Technical Officer), School of Biology & Environmental Science, UCD. Ecostructure researchers from University College Dublin have installed eco-engineered enhancements in Malahide Marina! Check out this video with Dr. Paul Brooks & Jennifer Coughlan from UCD School of Biology & Environmental Science and find out how this research is investigating ways of supporting coastal areas in adapting to climate change.
Our researchers have been out in the field sampling for native and invasive species on Irish and Welsh shores. In the above video, Project Coordinator Joe Ironside talks about how topshells may be using hard structures to expand their ranges northward.
Installing Ecostructure experiments
What does eco-engineering look like? Mix equal parts muscle and power tools, add some sturdy wellies, stir in a generous portion of careful observation, and bake for two days in just the right amount of Irish sun. Et voila: two installations finished in two days! Dr. Paul Brooks took the time to set up this great time-lapse of our University College Dublin team installing some brand new topographic tiles. The tiles are part of Ecostructure experiments to test the ability of eco-engineering enhancements to boost biodiversity. By mimicking the surface complexity found naturally on rocky shores, we can create space for nature on man-made coastal structures.
Ecostructure Observatory Guide
The Ecostructure Observatory is a citizen science platform where we’re mapping changes in the ranges of sealife in response to climate change. This video walks you through the process of uploading observations on your mobile. Learn more and upload your observations at the Ecostructure Observatory.