I am a PhD student with Heriot-Watt University, based at the Orkney Campus in the far north of Scotland (but currently living further south). My research is on the use of regional-scale hydrodynamic models to predict the environmental effects of tidal energy extraction.
Orkney is a remarkable place to do work in this area. As well as having some of the best tidal energy sites in the world, and hosting the European Marine Energy Test Centre, the archipelago is a net exporter of electricity. Most of this comes from the wind, with a little help from prototype tidal devices; nearly all is carbon-free.
I’ve recently done some work with the University of Edinburgh on spectral wave modelling of the effects of wave energy convertors.
For 2017/18 I’ll be spending a year on placement with Marine Scotland Science, working on new and existing hydrodynamic models primarily for applications in aquaculture. Opinions expressed on this site and elsewhere remain my own.
While living in Orkney I was a director of the Orkney Renewable Energy Forum, which works to promote the use of renewable energy in Orkney. I support the Software Carpentry organisation, which teaches basic software development skills to academics to improve the reproducibility of computational research, and am currently on that organisation’s Policy committee. I am on the organising committee of the annual Orkney Storytelling Festival.