Background: My Masters project, ‘Biophysical interactions at a tidal stream site’, involved investigating the relationship between the optical properties of suspended particulate material (SPM) and fish behaviour. This final project followed on from my third-year dissertation, in which I used numerical modelling to assess the impacts on bedload sediment transport of a proposed tidal lagoon. I am currently assisting with an economic impact assessment for an offshore wind project, learning about supply chains, costs and materials. I also have significant experience in processing, analysing and visualising instrument data in R & Matlab and working with spatial data.
Research Interests: My research focuses on different impacts of renewable energy structures on sediment dynamics in the marine environment. My undergraduate degree was broad in scope, including aspects of marine biology as well as oceanography. Synthesising evidence from different researchers and different types of data to build a bigger picture and this is one the aspects of scientific research which particularly appeals to me. Within my PhD project I hope to combine numerical and physical modelling in order to gain further insight into our key questions.
Why you applied for the Aura CDT: This PhD project presents a fantastic opportunity to further specialise into sediment dynamics which I have long had a passion for and work with eminent scientists within the field. Regarding the programme structure, I think that the taught Postgraduate Diploma year will provide a great foundation for success. I’m also excited to have the chance to work with industry and I believe that this experience in applied research will help me with my future career.
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