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 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.
My recent work has included some time at the University of Edinburgh working on spectral wave modelling of the effects of wave energy convertors, and a year on placement with Marine Scotland Science, developing new hydrodynamic models primarily for applications in aquaculture. As soon as the US Government grants me a visa, I shall be starting a postdoc at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Opinions expressed on this site and elsewhere remain my own.
I spend much of my working life writing software. Like many scientists, I do it badly. 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 Code of Conduct committee.