Regarding comings and goings in the Environmental Dynamics Lab, two important updates – which come with my apologies, because there’s “late-breaking news” and there’s news that’s just late.
First, huge congratulations to Paul Evans – now Dr Paul Evans – for graduating with his doctorate in July’s ceremonies. Paul & I started working together in 2012, not long after I arrived in Cardiff. Perhaps his capacities as a multi-sport athlete helped him endure many, many months of editorial comments and annoying marginalia from me.
His PhD thesis, Hydrodynamic characteristics of macrotidal straits and implications for tidal-stream turbine deployment, was ultimately a win. He has one peer-reviewed paper already out, and another in the review pipeline. Over the past few months, he’s been postdoc-ing in the School of Engineering here at the U, but he’s soon off for a position at Intertek, an industry-facing energy/water consultancy based here in Cardiff.
Second, a huge welcome to Scott Armstrong, who joined the lab as a PhD student back in October. (Like I said – sometimes there’s news that’s just late.) Scott worked with me on his MESci thesis project coastal overwash dynamics, which we turned into a paper for Geology earlier this year.
For now, he’s turned his attention from morphodynamic experiments to human–coastal systems and the dynamics of developed coastlines. He’s already generating great stuff, and has a manuscript in motion – exciting things to come. With a little help from his colleagues, he also redecorated the new lab clubhouse (new to us, anyway) while I was on vacation.