I’m a scientist at the intersection between oceanography and renewable energy. My research interests centre around marine renewables and the use of regional-scale hydrodynamic modelling to support human activities, understand their effects, and improve planning and policymaking. My PhD thesis with Heriot-Watt University’s Orkney campus covered the use of such models to predict both the tidal power available from a given location, and the effects of removing that energy from the flow.
I recently started work at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Prior to that I spent time with Marine Scotland Science and the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Energy Systems, working on tidal modelling for aquaculture and spectral wave modelling for energy, respectively. Opinions expressed on this site are my own, and do not represent any of these organisations.
I spend much of my working life writing software. Like many scientists, I do it badly. I am an instructor for the Software Carpentry organisation, which teaches basic software development skills to academics to improve the reproducibility of computational research, and I am currently on that organisation’s Code of Conduct committee.