Prof Simon Neill

Professor in Physical Oceanography

Contact info

Room: Room 212, Marine Centre Wales     Phone: 01248 383938

Email: s.p.neill@bangor.ac.uk

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I am professor in physical oceanography, specializing in ocean renewable energy: characterizing the wave and tidal energy resource, understanding wave-tide interaction, optimizing grid integration of arrays of marine renewable energy devices, and quantifying the environmental impacts of extracting energy from the oceans. I am founder and course director of an MSc in Marine Renewable Energy, and committee member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), working on revising IEC Technical Specification 62600-201: Tidal Energy Resource Assessment and Characterization. I am a member of the editorial board of the Elsevier journal Renewable Energy, have written a textbook on marine energy "Fundamentals of Ocean Renewable Energy: Generating Electricity from the Sea", and am lead sediment scientist at FORCE (Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy). I also have other shelf sea research interests, including palaeoceanography, sediment dynamics, and simulating the dispersal of marine organisms and microplastics.

I currently lead a wide range of research projects at Bangor University, including:

Research Areas

Contact Info

Room: Room 212, Marine Centre Wales     Phone: 01248 383938

Email: s.p.neill@bangor.ac.uk

Web: Google ScholarResearchGateAmazon Author PageTwitter; Google Knowledge Panel

I am professor in physical oceanography, specializing in ocean renewable energy: characterizing the wave and tidal energy resource, understanding wave-tide interaction, optimizing grid integration of arrays of marine renewable energy devices, and quantifying the environmental impacts of extracting energy from the oceans. I am founder and course director of an MSc in Marine Renewable Energy, and committee member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), working on revising IEC Technical Specification 62600-201: Tidal Energy Resource Assessment and Characterization. I am a member of the editorial board of the Elsevier journal Renewable Energy, have written a textbook on marine energy "Fundamentals of Ocean Renewable Energy: Generating Electricity from the Sea", and am lead sediment scientist at FORCE (Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy). I also have other shelf sea research interests, including palaeoceanography, sediment dynamics, and simulating the dispersal of marine organisms and microplastics.

I currently lead a wide range of research projects at Bangor University, including:

Research Areas

Teaching and Supervision

I am course director (and founder) of an MSc in Marine Renewable Energy, and module organiser of OSX-4023 "Marine Renewable Energy" at MSc level. At undergraduate level, I am module organiser of OSX-3016 "Ocean Modelling" and OSX-2007 "Prince Madog Cruise" – a multidisciplinary module that is based around our 35 m research vessel RV Prince Madog. I also contribute to modules OSX-4009, OSX-4016OSX-3000OSX-3005, OSX-2000, OSX-1000, and ONS-1001. I have been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2011. I am also the external examiner (2018-2022) for the MSc Marine Renewable Energy at Plymouth University.

I supervise many undergraduate and masters level research projects, particularly on the theme of marine renewable energy. In addition, I currently supervise the following PhD students:

Mike Case – impact of underwater noise propagation on fish.

Mike RidgillRemote Sensing of renewable energy resources

Nia Jones - Dispersal of microplastics in the marine environment

Aaron FurnishPathways to Realistic Impact Modelling in Estuarine Areas

Grant Awards and Projects

European Social Funds KESS2 MSc (research) studentship (Neill, Lewis, Robins) Remote Sensing of renewable energy resource (2018-2019) £18k (In partnership with Repetitive Energy Ltd.). Student: Mike Ridgill.

INTERREG IRELAND/WALES (Jenkins, Neill, Davies, Robins) ECOSTRUCTURE: climate change adaptation through ecologically sensitive coastal infrastructure (2017-2020). £774k (part of £3.5 million multi-partner grant)

European Social Funds KESS2 PhD studentship (Neill, Robins, Malham) Simulating variability of North Wales mussel populations (2015-2018) £53k (In partnership with Extra Mussel). Student: Jonathan Demmer.

Sêr Cymru NRN-LCEE (Neill, Masters, O’Doherty) QUOTIENT - Quantification, optimisation, and environmental impacts of marine renewable energy (2015-2018). £506,873

Santander Mobility Grant (Neill) Marine renewable energy visit to Instituto Superior Technico, Lisbon (2014). £857

EPSRC standard grant EP/J010200/1 (O'Doherty, Neill, et al.) The effects of realistic tidal flows on the performance and structural integrity of tidal stream turbines (2012-2015). £1,389,372

Fujitsu/HPC Wales (Neill) Feedback between tidal stream array operation and the marine environment - PhD studentship (2012-2016). £75,000 

European Fishery Fund (Kaiser, LeVay, McCarthy, Hiddink, Neill) Sustainable use of fisheries resources in Welsh waters (2012-2015). £2,503,000

Fujitsu/HPC Wales (Hashemi, Neill, Robins, Jago) Simulating the impacts of climate change on estuarine dynamics using an integrated catchment-to-coast model - PhD studentship (2012-2015). £70,100 

NRW - Ecosystem Resilience Fund (Davies, Neill, et al.) Drivers of change and the connectivity of Sabellaria alveolata reefs within Wales (2013-2014) £89,000 

Welsh European Funding Office (Neill, Davies, et al.) Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI) Marine (2010-2013). £538,559 

Welsh Crucible (Neill, Grimstead) Simulating the impacts of climate change on the coastal zone: putting the end-user in the driving seat (2011-2012). £5,752

Welsh Crucible (Gil, Neill, et al.) Development of a new sustainable elastomeric energy harvester for marine environments (2011-2012). £9,000

Santander Mobility Grant (Neill) Marine renewable energy visit to University of Santiago de Compostela (2011). £1,000

NERC PhD studentship. (Neill and Scourse) Palaeoceanographic modelling of the NW European Shelf Seas since the LGM (2010-2014). £70,000

NERC standard grant NE/G020302/1 (Jago, Baas, Kennedy, Neill). Impacts of hydrological variability on material transfers through the River-Estuary Transition Zone (2009-2012). £592,776

INTERREG IVA (Malham, Neill, et al.) Shellfish productivity in the Irish Sea: working towards a sustainable future - SUSFISH (2009-2013). £638,602

NERC directed grant NE/F001266/1 (Creer, Hiddink, Neill). Sequencing the meiofaunal metagenome of the marine/freshwater interface in key estuarine ecosystems (2008-2011). £66,581

NERC urgency grant NE/E011268/1 (Hiddink, Carvahlo, Gascoigne, Kaiser, Neill). Recovery of benthic invertebrate communities and fishery overspill effects in newly created marine reserves (2007-2008). £281,251

Research areas and keywords

Keywords

  • GC Oceanography

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2011 - Other , PGCertHE , Bangor University
  • 2002 - PhD , Estuarine physics
  • 1997 - BEng , Civil Engineering

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