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, with applications to blue economy industries and coastal flood risk. My research uses computer models to numerically simulate marine processes, including how these processes interact and how they may change in the future under climate change scenarios. For example, how to downscale climate model information to impact, future changes to hazard in estuaries, or ocean-atmosphere exchange processes (e.g. wave-tide interaction).
Current Research projects:
- NERC UK Climate Resilience Programme. Sensitivity of Estuaries to Climate Hazards (SEARCH).
- NERC. The UK contribution to validating SWOT in the Bristol Channel and River Severn.
- EPSRC Research Fellowship in Marine Renewable Energy: METRIC
- EPSRC Supergen ORE flexfund: V-SCORES
- GCRF-NERC SEAMAP (plastic mapping ffrom source to sink in Philippines)
- ERDF SEEC project: http://seec.bangor.ac.uk/
My marine renewable energy EPSRC fellowship (METRIC) aims to characterise the resource (e.g. suitable locations), mean and extreme oceanographic conditions (e.g. to inform resilient design of devices), and interactions for marine renewable energy industries (both negative interactions, such as environmental impacts or marine spatial planning, or positive interactions such as co-location with aquaculture and additional services provided).
I have an interest 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-geo-chemical modelling including bio-engineering of marine renewables and offshore aquaculture, wave-tide interaction modelling, baroclinlic modelling and larvae modelling.
I am a member of the EPSRC Associate Peer Review College, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Reading. I have worked with multiple research partners across the globe: e.g. UK Met Office, CSIRO Australia, NIWA New Zealand. 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). Outreach examples include the CwmniDaTv and BBC 2 "Harnessing the Tide" and school STEM activity https://youtu.be/UaxXupfZSSk
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), with both stages of the PGCertHE completed.
I am an editor for MDPI Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, the Energies journal (e.g. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/jmse/sectioneditors/physical_oceanography), and Frontiers in Marine Sciences. I have a special issue in MDPI Energies journal, and a number book chapters on tidal energy (e.g. Marine Renewable Energy, 2017, Springer International Publishing). I have been a reviewer for Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP), and I have been a session convenor at the EGU conference for 4 years, and am on the advisory board of the AuSTEN, EPSRC Supergen-ORE and EPSRC PRIMaRE projects (disseminating over £6k of ECR money to 8 projects).
I teach the ocean modelling module at Bangor Unviersity (OSX3016/OSX4012) and a visiting lectuer at University of Reading.
I am happy to be an external PhD examiner, and have been on the subject of wave-tide interaction at The University of Strathclyde.
I supervise many undergraduate and masters level research projects.
I currently supervise 7 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 - KESS funded. Renewable energy resource assessment using remote sensing.
Nia Jones - NERC Envision funded DTP. Dispersal of microplastics in the marine environment
Mirko Barada - Cemlyn Jones trust funded. Coastal flooding: using historical records to mitigate future risk
Thomas Clough - KESS-EAST funded. Future of estuaries PhD studentship with Welsh Water
Aaron Furnish: NERC Envision funded DTP (and Met Office CASE): Pathways to Realistic Impact Modelling in Estuarine Areas (PRIMEA)
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)
EPSRC PRIMaRE ECR network and travel grants to Bangor ECRs (£6102)
NERC-ENVISION DTP PhD. Pathways to Realistic Impact Modelling in Estuarine Areas (PRIMEA). Oct 2020 – Oct. 2023.
NERC UK Climate Resilience Programme. Sensitivity of Estuaries to Climate Hazards (SEARCH). NE/V004239/1. £195,737. Aug 2020 – Oct. 2022.
EPSRC Supergen ORE Flexible Funding. V-SCORES (Validating Surface Currents at Offshore Renewable Energy Sites). Williamson B (UHI), et al. £15,696 (to Bangor) Oct. 2020 - Spt. 2021.
NERC. SWOT-UK (NE/V009109/1:NE/V009168/1): The UK contribution to validating SWOT in the Bristol Channel and River Severn, with application to coastal and river management. Gommenginger C (NOC) and Bates P (Bristol), et al. £283,026@FeC (£47,921 to Bangor) Aug. 20 - Jul. 22.
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)