Dr Sophie Ward

Research Fellow


I am a physical oceanographer with special interest 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 have worked for several years as a physical oceanographer on a number projects, including:

as well as contributing to external projects (e.g., Angle Shark Project: Wales and SIARC) as an hydrodynamic- and biophysical modeller.

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

Postgraduate Project Opportunities

I have a range of research interests in which PhD projects could be developed. Please contact me by email in the first instance regarding any of the following areas:

  • Tidal modelling (past, present or future)
  • Marine renewable energy
  • Dispersal of marine organisms (including invasive species and aquaculture)


Grant Awards and Projects

British Council: Challenge Prize, Research Link Climate Change. Mapping marine litter pathways and sea-level rise in Indonesia (£9,795, PI, 2021)

Nature Networks Fund: SIARC (Sharks Inspiring Action and Research with Communities) (£18,617 to Bangor, Co-I, 2021).

Contract research: research project with Zoological Society of London (£6,259, Co-I, 2021).

PRIMaRE Early Career Researcher-Travel Grant (2019)

Bangor University Early Career Researcher Award (£1,500, 2018).

NRN-LCEE Returning Fellowship (£6,000, 2017)


Contract research (€76,000, 2017).

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2023 - Professional , ILM Level 7 Certificate for Executive and Senior Level Coaches and Mentors
  • 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)

Research outputs (26)

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