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I joined the University in 2010, having previously worked as a lecturer at the University of Brighton and London South Bank University. Before entering academia I worked in a civil engineering design office and was involved mainly in coastal defence work in the UK and overseas. I have experience of teaching civil engineering fluid mechanics and hydraulics at undergraduate and postgraduate level and course management for civil engineering, course administration and supervision/tutoring of students at BEng, MEng, MSc and PhD.

I am a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

I have research experience of field work, data analysis and numerical modelling of civil engineering fluid mechanics and hydraulics, water quality and sediment transport processes, presenting at conferences and seminars worldwide, with many refereed outputs and successful research grant applications. Supervision of PhD students.

I have general civil engineering design and construction experience in the UK and overseas development work.

Research Interests

I am an active researcher in estuarine sediment transport processes including advancing understanding of the turbidity maximum and temporal and spatial evolution of vertical salinity gradients. Current focus on processes that occur over individual tidal cycles (R. Kaipara, N Zealand) and seasonal and annual cycles (R. Thames, UK).

I am interested in tidal energy and associated structures, and their environmental impacts, using numerical modelling

I work as part of the environmental group at the University of Portsmouth where my work has involved advising on flow and sediment modelling of detention ponds.

I also have an interest in hydraulic structures including dam spillways where forthcoming research will address the problem of how to maximise energy loss for a given configuration of spillway and head.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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