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Dr Daniel Conley TSSAR Waves Principal Investigator; Reader in Coastal Dynamics Modelling, University of Plymouth. Dan is a Reader at UoP. He graduated in Ocean Engineering and Geophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976. Following experience as an engineer in the offshore oil and gas industry and as a marine seismologist, he completed his PhD in oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1993. Following employment at the State University of New York and the NATO Undersea Research Centre (NURC) in La Spezia Italy, he moved to the UK and joined UoP in October 2007. His chief research interest is wave driven sediment transport but he has worked in coastal monitoring, estuarine circulation and mixing, and surf-zone modeling and he has extensive experience in field and laboratory experimentation. He has received over $2,000,000 in research funding from diverse sources that include NATO-SACT, ONR, USACOE, NY Sea Grant, the U.S. National Park Service.
Dr Alex Nimmo-Smith TSSAR Waves Co-Investigator; Lecturer in Marine Physics, University of Plymouth. Lecturer at UoP. He graduated in Marine Biology and Oceanography from Bangor in 1996 and completed his PhD in physical oceanography at Southampton in 2000 under the supervision of Prof S.A. Thorpe. He then gained postdoctoral experience at the Johns Hopkins University, USA, working in the Laboratory for Experimental Fluid Dynamics headed by Prof J. Katz. At Johns Hopkins, he led the development and deployment of a submersible particle image velocimetry (2D-PIV) system, and was exposed to holographic particle imaging techniques pioneered by the other researchers within the lab. Since his appointment as lecturer at UoP in 2003, Alex has received funding from The Royal Society, The Nuffield Foundation and NERC (New Investigator scheme) for the development and deployment of a unique submersible three-dimensional particle tracking velocimetry (3D-PTV) system with which to visualize coherent vortical structures within turbulent oceanic flows. In a currently funded NERC collaborative grant (with Bangor Univ.) he has been applying holographic techniques to directly measure suspended particle characteristics (concentration, nature, size and shape) in coastal waters
Dr Daniel Buscombe  Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Plymouth. He graduated in Physical Geography at Lancaster University in 2003 before completing his PhD in Coastal Geomorphology/Physical Oceanography at the University of Plymouth in 2008 under the supervision of Prof Gerd Masselink. His doctoral research was on the dynamics of gravel beaches. Following two Research Assistant positions at UoP on projects looking into beach dynamics, he then gained post-doctoral experience at the United States Geological Survey, working with Dr David Rubin and Dr Jessica Lacy on shelf sediment transport using data from a cabled seafloor observatory in Santa Cruz, California.
Prof. James Kirby
James T. Kirby (visiting researcher) is the Edward C. Davis Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Delaware, where he holds a joint appointment in the College of Marine and Earth Studies. He has held academic appointments at Stony Brook University and at the University of Florida, and has been at the University of Delaware since 1989. His research topics include surface wave propagation, surf-zone processes and wave induced circulation and sedimentation processes, tsunamis, estuarine circulation and water quality, and interaction between bubble and sediment concentrations and surf-zone irradiance and acoustic propagation. He has published 80 papers in refereed journals. His research has been supported by ONR, NSF, Delaware Sea Grant and the USACOE. He is the recipient of the Walter L. Huber Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Editor for the Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, and Editor for the Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans.