Dr Sophie Ward

Research Fellow, Senior Research Officer in Bio-Physical Modelling

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Room: 107 Marine Centre Wales           Phone: 01248 383978

Email: sophie.ward@bangor.ac.uk

Web: ResearchGate;

 

I am a physcial oceanographer with expertise in ocean modelleling. I have experience of applying models to a broad range of research topics including marine renewable energy, past climate conditions, marine biosecurity and the aquaculture industry.

I worked for several years as a physical oceanographer on the SEACAMS 2 project, conducting collaborative RD&I projects with the marine renewable energy sector in Wales.  I am currently a numerical modeller working on the ECOSTRUCTURE project, as well as the Shellfish Centre and Menai Offshore Subsurface Shellfish Systems projects, which are focussed on the shellfish industry around the Welsh Coast.

I graduated with a degree in Natural Sciences (Physics and Environmental Science) from the University of Bath in 2007, after which I worked as a Graduate Environmental Consultant in North Wales. I then undertook a MSc in Applied Physical Oceanography, followed by a PhD in Physical Oceanography, both at Bangor University. The focus of my PhD project was on simulating changes in Northwest European shelf sea tides due to sea-level rise since the Last Glacial Maximum, and exploring the use of seabed sediment grain size as a proxy for past tidal current conditions. 

Particular areas of research interest include: numerical modelling (physical, biophysical and biogeochemical/ecosystem), sediment dynamics, sea-level rise and climate change, marine renewable energy.

Contact Info

 

Room: 107 Marine Centre Wales           Phone: 01248 383978

Email: sophie.ward@bangor.ac.uk

Web: ResearchGate;

 

I am a physcial oceanographer with expertise in ocean modelleling. I have experience of applying models to a broad range of research topics including marine renewable energy, past climate conditions, marine biosecurity and the aquaculture industry.

I worked for several years as a physical oceanographer on the SEACAMS 2 project, conducting collaborative RD&I projects with the marine renewable energy sector in Wales.  I am currently a numerical modeller working on the ECOSTRUCTURE project, as well as the Shellfish Centre and Menai Offshore Subsurface Shellfish Systems projects, which are focussed on the shellfish industry around the Welsh Coast.

I graduated with a degree in Natural Sciences (Physics and Environmental Science) from the University of Bath in 2007, after which I worked as a Graduate Environmental Consultant in North Wales. I then undertook a MSc in Applied Physical Oceanography, followed by a PhD in Physical Oceanography, both at Bangor University. The focus of my PhD project was on simulating changes in Northwest European shelf sea tides due to sea-level rise since the Last Glacial Maximum, and exploring the use of seabed sediment grain size as a proxy for past tidal current conditions. 

Particular areas of research interest include: numerical modelling (physical, biophysical and biogeochemical/ecosystem), sediment dynamics, sea-level rise and climate change, marine renewable energy.

Grant Awards and Projects

PRIMaRE Early Career Researcher Travel Grant, for attendance at Marine Evidence 2019 conference.

Bangor University Early Career Researcher Award: secured the maximum award amount of £1500 for developing a project titled Changing tides: implications of palaeo- and future tidal-range changes in eastern Canada.

NRN-LCEE Returning Fellowship: secured £6000 from the National Research Network for Low Carbon Energy and Environment, available to academics returning from a period of leave (e.g. parental leave) for developing new collaborations for research.

Contract research: secured 76,000 industry-sponsored research project.

JSPS Summer School 2013 Fellowship (British Council): selected to attend a 10-week research placement funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. My host institute was the Center for East Asian Ocean-Atmosphere Research, Kyushu University (June-August 2013).

£6969 grant awarded by the NERC Radiocarbon Facility (December 2012).

Summer School on Fluid Dynamics of Sustainability and the Environment (formerly GEFD): bursary for half of the course fees, DAMTP, University of Cambridge (September 2012).

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2015 - PhD , A new proxy for constraining palaeotidal simulations of the northwest European shelf seas (2010 - 2014)
  • 2013 - Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE) , Bangor University
  • 2011 - MSc , Applied Physical Oceanography (2009 - 2010)
  • 2007 - BSc , Natural Sciences (2004 - 2007)

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