Dr Sophie Ward
Research Fellow, Senior Research Officer in Bio-Physical Modelling
Room: 107 Marine Centre Wales Phone: 01248 383978
I am a physical oceanographer with expertise in ocean modelling. 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.