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Lecturer in Coastal Sediment Dynamics, Bangor University

I am a lecturer in Coastal Sediment Dynamics in the School of Ocean Sciences, and specialise in the morphological evolution of the inter-tidal and shallow sub-tidal regions of the coastal ocean. I graduated from Plymouth University in 2002 with a BSc in Ocean Science and completed my PhD in gravel beach morphodynamics at Loughborough University in 2005. I have subsequently been a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at: Plymouth University (2005 - 2007, Cross-shore sediment transport on sandy beaches); Loughborough University (2007, Dust generation on an Arctic pro-glacial flood plain); before returning once again to Plymouth (2007 - 2010, Impacts of offshore wave energy arrays on seabed and shoreline processes; and 2010 - 2013, Dynamics of rip currents and implication for beach safety).

My present research at Bangor includes:
WASP - Waves Across Shore Platforms. EPSRC-funded grant investigating wave attenuation processes across rocky shore platforms at multiple sites across the UK and New Zealand to produce a new numerical modelling tool.
Nearshore inter- to sub-tidal sediment exchange caused by the interaction of wave-driven nearshore currents, tidal currents and cross-shelf currents. This is linked to the Crown Estates Anglesey Tidal Test Site, with particular interest in nearshore sub-sea cable pathways, and encompasses field measurements of the full water column velocity, turbulence and sediment profiles.
Rip currents around coastal structures and headlands, sponsored by the RNLI and Met Office. Combined field and numerical modelling study around groynes, breakwaters and geological features.

Research Themes:
Wave Attenuation Processes
Coastal Processes
Rip Currents
Nearshore Morphodynamics


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    Lecturer in Coastal Morphodynamics and Sediment Dynamics, Bangor University