Jessica Bone

Jessica Bone

  • jbone at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
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My research interests are related to coastal benthic ecology, specifically invertebrates.

Currently I am working on eco-engineering coastal infrastructure, specifically the intertidal zone where there is a paucity of refuge for intertidal species on artificial structures. Subsequently, biodiversity is lower than that found on natural rocky shores. As part of the Marineff project, our team at Bournemouth University aims to create eco-engineering solutions for coastal infrastructure that both provide habitat for marine species and can be easily incorporated into existing and planned coastal development in the intertidal zone. I am focusing on the design and deployment of large scale artificial rockpool arrays installed on concrete sea walls, and looking how the spacing between them affects the colonisation of the surrounding sea wall (halo effect). I am also interested in the ecology of steel coastal infrastructure, of which there seems to be a lack of knowledge and data, and how common steel structures (such as sheet piling) influences biological communities...



  • Herbert, R.J.H., Ross, K., Whetter, T. and Bone, J., 2019. Maintaining ecological resilience on a regional scale: Coastal saline lagoons in a Northern European marine protected area. Marine Protected Areas: Science, Policy and Management. 631-647.


Internet Publications


  • Bone, J., 2018. Behind anemone lines: determining the environmental drivers influencing lagoonal benthic communities, with special reference to the anemone Nematostella vectensis. Master's Thesis. Bournemouth University, Department of Life and Environmental Sciences.
  • Bone, J., 2017. A comparison of the benthic fauna and habitat health of three Poole Harbour lagoons and their potential as refugia. Undergraduate Dissertation. Bournemouth University, Department of Life and Environmental Sciences.


External Responsibilities

Internal Responsibilities

  • Marineff Research Assistant, MARINEFF Project

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • CIRIA hosted webinar entitled: Coastal Eco-Engineering: Boosting Britain's Biodiversity
  • Marineff workshop
  • Arts by the Sea Festival 2019 - Green Hub
  • Dorset Climate Change Workshop

Conference Presentations

  • Institute of Civil Engineers Coastal Management 2019, 24 Sep 2019, La Rochelle, France
  • Spotlight on Poole Harbour: Environment & Economics, Poole Park Lagoon; Behind Anemone Lines, 06 Jun 2018, Poole Harbour
  • Marine Protected Areas, 15 May 2017, Poole Harbour
  • British Conference of Undergraduate Research 2017, The discovery of a rare habitat and vulnerable species in Poole Harbour, 25 Apr 2017, Bournemouth University

Attended Training

  • Impact and Funding Bids Workshop, 01 Oct 2019


  • MRes in Benthic invertebrate ecology (Bournemouth University, 2019)
  • BSc (Hons) in Marine Ecology and Conservation (Bournemouth University, 2017)


  • Jack Parsons Award for Local Studies Research (Bournemouth University, 2017)
  • Coral Seas Award for High Performance (2016)


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External Media and Press