Tel: 01248 388114
Office: School of Ocean Sciences. Room 324. Nautilus Suite, Westbury Mount. Menai Bridge
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I am a Research Fellow at Bangor University in physical oceanography. My research focuses on waves and tides, including applications to renewable energy and their role in coastal flood risk. My research uses computer models to numerically simulate wave and tide processes, including how these physical processes interact and how they may change in the future under climate change scenarios.
My marine renewable energy research aims to characterise the resource (e.g. suitable locations) and oceanographic conditions (e.g. to inform resilient design of devices), as well as likely environmental impacts (e.g. stepping stones for the spread of invasive species or modification of the physical environment). My future flood risk research investigates how to downscale climate model information to impact (e.g. extreme weather conditions and flood extent).
I am interested in how physical process interactions may change in the future; such as river and storm surge flooding hazard in estuaries, or ocean-atmosphere exchange processes (e.g. wave-tide interaction). I also have interests in combining computer models of biological and physical processes to better understand the marine system. I am actively working in a number of research areas; future flood risk, estuarine processes modelling (flooding risk, morphodynamics), bio-engineering of marine renewables, tidal energy, wave-tide interaction modelling, baroclinlic modeling and larvae modelling.
I am a STEM ambassador and have collaborated with historians (legends to validate climate models), local artists and wild swimming enthusiasts (predicting the movement of water), as well as: UK Met Office, CSIRO Australia, NIWA New Zealand, multiple universities in England and Wales.
Outreach examples include: https://youtu.be/UaxXupfZSSk
I am currently an editor for Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/jmse/sectioneditors/physical_oceanography), and Frontiers in Marine Sciences. I have a special issue in MDPI Energies journal (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/energies/special_issues/Wave_Tidal_Energy?view=compact&listby=type), many book chapters on tidal energy (e.g. Marine Renewable Energy, 2017, Springer International Publishing). I have been a session convenor at the EGU conference for 4 years, and am on the advisory board of the PRiMARE and AuSTEN projects.
I teach the ocean modelling module at Bangor Unviersity (OSX3016/OSX4012) and lecture for a number of modules.
I am happy to be an external PhD examiner, and have been on the subject of wave-tide interaction.
I supervise many undergraduate and masters level research projects.
I currently supervise 4 PhD students and one KESS MRES:
Mike Case – impact of underwater noise propagation on fish.
Bernd Stephan – optimizing multiple tidal lagoon power plants.
Mike Ridgil - Renewable energy resource assessment using remote sensing
Nia Jones - NERC Envision Dispersal of microplastics in the marine environment
KESS-EAST Future of estuaries (applications welcome)
Mike Kennington: Ocean surface currents and novel micro marine renewable energy resources
Principle Investigator (PI):
2018-2021. KESS2 PhD studentship ~£54k. Remote Sensing of renewable energy resource. Lewis (PI), Neill and Robins (Co-I)
2019-2020. KESS2 MRes studentship £17,974. Ocean surface currents and novel micro-hydrokinetic resource applications. Lewis (PI), Neill and Robins (Co-I)
2018-2021. EPSRC Postdoctoral fellowship £364,293. Improving Methods of Characterising Resource, Interactions and Conditions for Marine Renewable Energy (METRIC). Lewis (PI)
2016 NRN-LCEE RDF “Future of Estuaries” (£4500)
2016 Met Office Bursary for collaborative research with UKCP18 and flood risk (£1450)
2015 NERC student Research Experience Placement (REP) (£1200)
2017 NERC “Envirnmental Risk to Infrastructure Program (ERIP). CHEST: Combination Hazard of Extreme rainfall, Storm surge and high Tide. NE/R009007/1 (£110,967)
2016 Welsh Government/ Welsh Crucible consortia “Redesigning Resilience” (£10,000)