Professor Daniel Conley
Professor of Nearshore Processes
School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
- Nearshore waves
- Marine renewable energy
- Wave remote sensing
- Coastal erosion
- Estuarine circulation
- Nearshore sediment transport
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Daniel is Professor of Nearshore Processes and is Programme Manager for the Marine Renewable Energy MSc at the University of Plymouth. Prior to that he was a Research Scientist at the NATO Undersea Research Centre in La Spezia Italy. Daniel brings over 35 years experience in collecting field measurements in coastal and estuarine environments across the globe. He has particular expertise in the measurement and modelling of coastal sediment transport as well as experience in assessing resources and impacts for marine renewable energy developments.
1993 Ph.D. in Oceanography (Applied Ocean Science), Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla Ca. USA, 199
1980 B.S. (Ocean Engineering), B.S. (Geophysics), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Ma. USA, 1980
10/2000 – 10/2007 Research Scientist, NATO Undersea Research Centre, La Spezia Italy
2/1993 - 9/2000 Assistant Professor, Marine Science Research Center, State University of New York, Stony Brook.
11/1997 - 8/1999 Visiting Scientist, ENEA Santa Teresa Marine Environmental Research Centre, Santa Teresa, Italy.
9/1986 - 1/1993 Research Assistant, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California.
1982 Seismic Analyst. U. S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, Ca.
1980 - 1981 Wire-line Engineer. Houston Offshore District, Schlumberger Offshore Services, Houston, TX.
American Geophysical Union
Coastal Education Research Foundation
Roles on external bodies
Member of Steering Committee for Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference
Member of Marine Sciences panel for proposal evaluation for Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation
- MAR512: Assessment of Coastal Resources and Impacts
- OS306: Coastal Geomorphology and Estuaries
- OS205: Managing Human Impacts in the Marine Environment
Staff serving as external examiners
Tristan Guest – External Examiner PhD, Dalhousie University, 2020, “Morpho-sedimentary dynamics of a megatidal, mixed sand-gravel beach.”
Satria Damarnegar – External Examiner PhD, Technical Ecole Centrale de Lyon, 2019, “Scour at the foot of seawalls.”
Marinella Passarella – PhD thesis evaluator, University of Cagliari, Italy, 2018, “On the prediction of swash excursion and the role of seagrass beach cast litters: modelling and observations.”
Asger Bendix Hanse – External Examiner PhD, Technical University of Denmark, 2018, “Low cost techniques for surf zone field measurements.”
Mahesa Bhawanin - External Examiner PhD, Univ.of Aberdeen 2016, “Three-dimensional turbulence characteristics of the bottom boundary layer of the coastal ocean”.
- Sediment transport under waves
- Wave and Tidal Energy
- Nearshore monitoring
- Estuarine circulation and tidal mixing
- Wave modeling
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
- Erin King: – PhD Candidate, Univ. of Plymouth, “Sediment exchange between beach and inner shelf”, Director of Studies.
- Guiomar Lopez- PhD completed, Univ. of Plymouth (viva 02/'17), “Evaluation, analysis, and application of HF radar wave and current measurements”, Director of Studies
- Erwin Bergsma- PhD completed (viva 11/’16), Univ. of Plymouth, “Morphological controls on circulation in a nearshore macro-tidal environment”, Director of Studies
- Scott Brown- PhD completed, Univ. of Plymouth “The influence of wave breaking on turbulence in the wave boundary layer”.
- Kieran Monk- PhD completed 2015, Univ. of Plymouth “Forecasting for control and environmental impacts of wave energy converters”, Director of Studies
- Thomas Roc- PhD completed 2012, Univ. of Plymouth, “Design of a Resource Assessment Tool for Tidal Power Generation Devices”, Director of Studies
- Silvia Falchetti – PhD completed 2009, Dissertation: “Hydro-morphodynamics of the nearshore-shoreline: experimental and theoretical modeling.” Univ. Genova.
- Charlene Sullivan-MS completed 2005, Thesis: “Effects of waves and tides on residual circulation at a modified tidal inlet.” SUNY Stonybrook.
- Silvia Falchetti – Laurea completed 2005, Thesis: “Morphodynamic shoreline boundary condition;, a field experiment.” Univ. Genova.
- Frank Buonaiuto – MS completed 1999, Thesis: “A numerical investigation of natural sand bypassing at a coastal inlet., SUNY Stonybrook.
- John Griffin-MS completed 2000, Thesis: “Field measurements of bed stress under swash.” SUNY Stonybrook.
Grants & contracts
- UoP RIIF, Widening impacts of coastal hazards research. (01/08/2018-31/07/2019), £25,000, D. Conley (PI), C. Stokes, T. Poate, G. Masselink.
- PML/ESA (subcontract), HF Radar for Sentinel 3 MPC Phase 3, (01/01/2018-31/03/2019), £6,250, D. Conley.
- ERDF, ‘marine-I (Delivering RD&I in the Marine Technology Smart Specialisation in Cornwall & Isles of Scilly), £1,032,764, D. Greaves, I. McFadzen, D. Conley, S. Stripling
- H2020, ‘Marinet2 (Marine Renewable Infrastructure Network for Enhancing Technologies 2), £216,275, D. Greaves, Martyn Hann, D. Conley, S. Stripling
- NERC, “BLUE-coast, Physical and Biological Dynamic Coastal Processes and their Role in Coastal Recovery (NE/N015525/1), 01/05/2016-30/04/2020 £772,933. G. Masselink, D. Conley, P. Russell, WAM Nimmo-Smith. T. Scott.
- NERC, “Impact of sequence of extreme storms during 2013/14 winter on southwest coast of England (NERC Emergency Grant NE/M004996/1), 01/03/2014-28/02/2015 £51,949. G. Masselink, P. Russell, M. Davidson, D. Conley, S. Fletcher.
- EPSRC, “Proto-type Experiment of Sediment Transport in Shallow water (PESTS)” (EP/K000306/1), 01/02/2013-31/01/2015 £240,323. D.C. Conley & G. Masselink
- NERC “QBEX” (NE/J01236X/1) 1/1/2012-1/1/2015 £14,690 D.C. Conley
- EU-FP7 “Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network for Emerging Energy Technologies (MARINET)”, 01/04/2011-01/04/2015 - €112,348. D.M. Greaves & D.C. Conley
- NERC “FLOW and Benthic ECology 4D (FLOWBEC)” (NE/J004219/1) 10/01/2011-9/30/2014 £139,651, D.C. Conley & D.M. Greaves
- Interreg, “Marine Energy in Far Peripheral and Island Communities (MERIFIC)” 01/01/2011-30/06/2014 £132,498. Co-PI: D.C. Conley
- Intelligent Energy in Europe, Streamlining of Wave Farm Impact Assessment (SOWFIA), 01/10/2010-30/09/2013 €1,914,127, D.M. Greaves & D.C. Conley
- NERC Responsive Mode Grant, “Turbulence, sediment stratification and altered resuspension under waves (TSSAR Waves)”, 05/10/09-04/10/12, £361,680, D. C. Conley & A. Nimmo-Smith.
- Great Wester Research PhD studentship award, “Development of a resource assessment tool for tidal power generation devices: Regional Modelling” £59.200. D.C. Conley.
- NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation, “Airborne Forward Eyes” 1/1/2006-12/31/2006, €390.000. D.C. Conley.
- NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation, “Forward Eyes final development and demonstration” 1/1/2005-12/31/2005, €450.000. D.C. Conley & A. Trangeled.
- NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation, “Forward Eyes system development” 1/1/2004-12/31/2004 $600,000. D.C. Conley & A. Trangeled.
- NY SeaGrant, “Bathymetric Evolution of a Tidal Inlet”, 2/1/00-1/31/02, $156,029, D. C. Conley & R. Flood.
- US Army Corps of Engineers, “Bypassing of sand at tidal inlets”, 1/1/00-12/31/03, $176,639, H. Bokuniewicz, R.E. Wilson, D.C. Conley.
- ONR, “Patterns of Transport Partitioning in the Nearshore.”, 10/1/99-9/30/00, $44,268. D. C. Conley.
- ONR, “Fluid-Sediment Interactions in the Nearshore”, 10/1/97-9/30/99, $84,181. D. C. Conley.
- NY SeaGrant, “Sediment Bypassing at Moriches Inlet”, 2/1/96-1/31/98, $78,572, D. C. Conley.
- National Park Service, “Numerical Modeling of Fire Island National Seashore storm breach impacts upon circulation and water quality of Great South Bay, NY”, 8/1/94-12/31/96, $86,898, D. C. Conley.
- NY State Dept. Environmental Conservation, “Impact of Westhampton Breach on Salinity in Moriches Bay”, 4/1/93-9/31/94, $26,600. D. C. Conley.
- NY SeaGrant, “Impact of Westhampton Breach on Tidal Elevations in Moriches Bay”, 4/1/93-4/31/94, $11,495. D. C. Conley.
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