Dr Ally Evans

Dr Ally Evans

Post Doctoral Research Associate- Ecostructure

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I studied BSc Maths at the University of Leeds (2005) and MSc Global Aquatic Biodiversity Monitoring & Conservation at the University of Hull (2006). I then spent several years working for marine conservation NGOs in Africa and marine environmental management organisations in the UK, before undertaking a PhD in Marine Ecology at Aberystwyth University (2011-2016). I went on to postdoctoral work at the University of Southampton, The Marine Biological Association of the UK and the University of Plymouth before returning to Aberystwyth University as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in 2017.


Through the European-funded Ecostructure Project (www.ecostructureproject.eu), I am researching ways of enhancing biodiversity on artificial structures in the marine environment. Structures for coastal protection, ports and harbours, and marine renewable energy generation are becoming prevalent around our coasts and at sea. These structures cause serious impacts to the natural environment and are poor quality habitats for marine life, supporting low diversity and weedy or invasive species. It is possible to encourage more diverse, natural and valuable biological communities to colonise structures by altering their engineering designs – this is called eco-engineering. We are testing existing and new designs in the Irish Sea with the aim of producing a catalogue of eco-engineering options for developers and planners to make space for nature in marine construction.


Hawkins, S, Evans, A, Moore, J, Whittington, M, Pack, K, Firth, L, Adams, L, Moore, P, Masterson-Algar, P, Mieszkowska, N & Southward, E 2017, 'From the Torrey Canyon to Today: A 50 Year Retrospective of Recovery from the Oil Spill and Interaction with Climate-Driven Fluctuations on Cornish Rocky Shores' International Oil Spill Conference Proceedings, vol 2017, no. 1, pp. 74-103.
Dennis, H, Evans, A, Banner, A & Moore, P 2017, 'Reefcrete: Reducing the environmental footprint of concrete for eco-engineering marine structures' Ecological Engineering. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2017.05.031
Evans, A, Garrod, B, Moore, P, Firth, LB, Hawkins, SJ, Morris, E, Goudge, H & Moore, P 2017, 'Stakeholder priorities for multi-functional coastal defence developments and steps to effective implementation' Marine Policy, vol 75, pp. 143-155. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2016.10.006
Smale, DA, Burrows, MT, Evans, AJ, King, N, Sayer, MDJ, Yunnie, ALE & Moore, PJ 2016, 'Linking environmental variables with regional-scale variability in ecological structure and standing stock of carbon within UK kelp forests' Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol 542, pp. 79-95. DOI: 10.3354/meps11544
Evans, AJ, Firth, LB, Hawkins, SJ, Morris, ES, Goudge, H & Moore, PJ 2015, 'Drill-cored rock pools: An effective method of ecological enhancement on artificial structures' Marine and Freshwater Research, vol 67, no. 1, pp. 123-130. DOI: 10.1071/MF14244
Firth, LB, White, FJ, Schofield, M, Hanley, ME, Burrows, MT, Thompson, RC, Skov, MW, Evans, AJ, Moore, PJ & Hawkins, SJ 2015, 'Facing the future: The importance of substratum features for ecological engineering of artificial habitats in the rocky intertidal' Marine and Freshwater Research, vol 67, no. 1, pp. 131-143. DOI: 10.1071/MF14163
Firth, LB, Thompson, RC, Bohn, K, Abbiati, M, Airoldi, L, Bouma, TJ, Bozzeda, F, Ceccherelli, VU, Colangelo, MA, Evans, A, Ferrario, F, Hanley, ME, Hinz, H, Hoggart, SPG, Jackson, JE, Moore, P, Morgan, EH, Perkol-Finkel, S, Skov, MW, Strain, EM, van Belzen, J & Hawkins, SJ 2014, 'Between a rock and a hard place: Environmental and engineering considerations when designing coastal defence structures' Coastal Engineering, vol 87, pp. 122-135. DOI: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2013.10.015