Dr Vanessa Magar
Profiles

Dr Vanessa Magar

Role

Please note that from January 2014 onwards I will be taking on a new position, as senior researcher and associate professor, at the "Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada" (CICESE), and my new postal address will be:

Vanesa Magar, PhD, CMath, FIMA, MInstP
Investigador Titular
Departamento de Oceanografía Física
Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada
Carretera Ensenada-Tijuana No. 3918
Zona Playitas
Código Postal 22860
Apdo. Postal 360
Ensenada, B.C. México



Membership:
Member of the COAST (Coastal, Ocean, and Sediment Transport) Engineering Research Group
Member of the Centre for Coastal and Ocean Science and Engineering

Teaching:
Introduction to Coastal Engineering (Undergraduate and MSc)
Flood Risk Modelling (Final year MEng)
Wave and Tidal Modelling for MRE (MSc)
Introduction to computing and IT (Undergraduate)

Administration:
Module leader since 2006
BSc Programme Manager from September 2013

Qualifications

2002: PhD (cantab, UK) in Applied Mathematics.

1997: MASt (cantab, UK) in Mathematics.

1996: BSc (UNAM, Mexico) in Physics - 3rd best GPA.

Professional membership

Chartered Mathematician by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (FIMA)

Member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Roles on external bodies

Academic Editor for PLOS ONE since August 2011.

Member of NERC Peer Review College

External Grant reviewer for Instituto de Ingenieria, UNAM, Mexico

Fellow for the Software Sustainability Institute, University of Edinburgh

Teaching interests

Introduction to Coastal Engineering (Undergraduate and MSc)

Flood Risk Modelling (Final year MEng)

Wave and Tidal Modelling for MRE (MSc)

Introduction to computing and IT (Undergraduate)

Mathematics for Environmental Scientists and Engineers (MSc level)

Research interests

I am currently a lecturer of Coastal Engineering at the School of Marine Science and Engineering at Plymouth University, UK. I have 15 years of experience in numerical and statistical modelling, for ocean sciences and coastal engineering applications. My primary interests focus on fluid dynamics, transport processes, and coastal morphodynamics. I have worked in the past 5 years mostly on linear and nonlinear time series analysis of bathymetric and beach data, and on metocean modelling.

I have an increasing interest on Marine and Offshore Renewables, in particular on resource characterisation and environmental impacts, and have worked on a number of projects on these topics. Recent success stories include projects supported by the European Interregional Development Fund, on Marine Energy Characterisation for Island communities (MERiFIC, 2011-2014), and on environmental impacts of offshore wind farm foundations (OFELIA, 2013-2015).

During my PhD I developed and applied a number of CFD codes (FD, FV, multigrid), and I am currently supervising a PhD project using OpenFOAM on wave dynamics and sediment transport. I also developed a Lagrangian particle transport code for sediment transport above rippled beds, under the supervision of Prof Alan Davies from Bangor University, which whom I still collaborate, whenever possible!

I teach flood risk, coastal processes, and wave and tidal modelling, and have run a number of workshops on climate change and coastal adaptation, for difference target audiences. This is related to a collaborative project on reliability analysis of coastal flood defences, being led by HR Wallingford, and strongly supported by the local authorities and other coastal engineering consultants.

In January 2014 I will be taking a new post as Senior Research Scientist and Associate Professor, at the Department of Physical Oceanography of CICESE, in Ensenada, Mexico. CICESE are leaders in Latin America in this field.

Expertise: sediment transport, flood risk, morphodynamics, climate change, environmental impacts, marine renewable energy, wave modelling, numerical modelling, scientific programming, coastal engineering, teaching, research, consultancy, public engagement.

Other research

As part of FHEA requirements (2007-2008):

1) Research on links between critical thinking, problem-solving and mathematical modelling

2) Review on good practice for PhD supervision


Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Jamal, Mohamad Hidayat (2011). "Modelling coarse-grained beach profile evolution", PhD thesis, Plymouth University, UK. (2nd Supervisor)

Gonzalez-Santamaria Raul (2013). "Waves, currents and sediment transport modelling at the Wave Hub site", PhD thesis, Plymouth University, UK. (Director of Studies)

Ball, Ian (2013). "Understanding sediment mobilisation under plunging waves", PhD thesis, Plymouth University, UK. (2nd Supervisor)

Grants & contracts

2013-2014: PEGASEAS "Promoting Effective Governance Across the Channel Seas". A collaboration between Plymouth University (leader), and 12 additional partners covering the Interreg IVA Channel region. Project manager: TBA. PI and local coordinator: Steve Fletcher. Co-Is from Plymouth: Gillian Glegg and Vanesa Magar. Total: 1,160,764.51 (funded at 100% by ERDF). 

2013-2015: OFELIA "Offshore Foundations' EnvironmentaL Impact Assessments". A collaboration between Plymouth University (leader), University of Le Havre (local coordinator: Gaele Perret) and University of Caen-Basse Normandie (local coordinator: Anne-Claire Bennis). Funded by the Interreg IVA programme. Project manager: Manon Le Tual. PI and Plymouth coordinator (until December 2013): V. Magar. Co-Is from Plymouth: Gregorio Iglesias (local coordinator from January 2014), Jon Miles, Dave Simmonds, Deborah Greaves, Daniel Conley, Edward Ellis and Kim Littlewood. Total: 727,777.38 euros (funded at 50% by ERDF).

2012-2015: Director of Studies in PhD studentship "Assessing the role of wave-induced turbulence on suspended particulate matter using numerical and experimental models", School of Marine Science and Engineering, Plymouth University, UK. With: Alessandro Toffoli, Deborah Greaves, and Daniel Conley. £58k Awarded.

2013 to date: Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI), University of Edinburgh. I really enjoyed working with the SSI, so I have carried on with my agent duties (see below), in exchange for programming intelligence!

2011-2012: Agent of the Software Sustainability Institute, University of Edinburgh. £3k awarded for networking activities, conference participation, follow-up of collaboration opportunities, organisation of software carpentries, and intelligence on specialist software used in Coastal Engineering and Geosciences. I also contibuted with blog posts (and still contribute, blogs are so much fun to write!), which you can read at the SSI website (www.software.ac.uk)

2011-2014: Co-I in INTERREG Project MERiFIC, Marine Energy in Far Peripheral and Island Communities (www.merific.eu). Led by Cornwall County Council, UK. Total of award: £4M.

2011: PI in project "statistical prediction of coastal and estuarine evolution", School of Marine Science and Engineering, Plymouth University, UK. £5k pump-priming Award.

2010-2014: PI in EPSRC CASE studentship award: "Seawall performance and reliability" with HRWallingford (HRW). £66,838 from EPSRC and £22,279 from HRW as industrial top-up.

2007-2010: Co-I in SWRDA grant: “Wave Modelling for the WaveHub” (WM4WH), Peninsular Research Institute in Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE), £387k.

2007-2008: PI in Research and Innovation Fellowship Award for collaborative project with Dr Marc Lefranc (Universite de Lille). £1.56k, Plymouth University, UK.

2007: Co-I in EPSRC grant EP/D507839/1 for a "Mathematical Methods for Coastal Engineering Summer School",Plymouth University, June 19-28 2007.

2005-2010: RCUK Academic Fellow, School of Marine Science and Engineering, Plymouth University, UK.

Oct 2004: Royal Society travel grant to participate in "Congreso Nacional de la Sociedad Matematica Mexicana", Ensenada, Mexico, and "Physics of Estuaries and Coastal Seas", Merida, Mexico

2002-2005: Postdoctoral Research Officer, School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University. Sediment transport above rippled beds. With Prof. A. G. Davies. Funded by the SANDPIT EC Framework V Project No. EVK3-2001-00056.

2002: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, DAMTP, University of Cambridge, UK. Nutrient uptake by swimming microorganisms. With Prof. T. J. Pedley FRS.

1997-2001: DGAPA (UNAM, Mexico). Grant for postgraduate Studies in the UK. PhD in Applied Mathematics: "Nutrient uptake by a swimming microorganism" (2002). Supervisor: Prof. T. J. Pedley FRS.

1996-1997: DGAPA (UNAM, Mexico). Grant for postgraduate Studies in the UK. Master of Advances Study (MASt) in Mathematics (Part III of the Mathematical Tripos). DAMTP, University of Cambridge, UK.

Other academic activities

2011 to date: Academic Editor for PLOS ONE.

2010 to date: Member of NERC Peer Review College.

2008 to date: Chartered Mathematician.

2008-2011: Member of the Institute of Mathematics and Applications (MIMA).

2011 to date: Fellow of the IMA (FIMA).

2007-2012: Member of SIAM.

2010-2011: Member of NERC's Technology-Proof-Of-Concept pool of Reviewers.

Journal reviewer for, e.g.: Coastal Engineering, Geomorphology, Journal of Coastal Research, Applied Mathematical Modelling, PLOS ONE.

Additional information

Staff development - Courses and Meetings (attended unless otherwise stated):

EPSRC Study Day, 26th August 2010, Swindon, UK.

"SOLAS - The breathing Ocean" NERC event, 23rd March 2010, Met Office, Exeter, UK.

NERC grant funding tips workshop, 23rd February 2010, University of Plymouth, UK.

Linux programming workshops for postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows, January - February 2010, University of Plymouth, UK (organiser).

Atmospheric modelling workshop, Met. Office, Exeter, 30/03/09-03/04/09

Summer Schools organised:

Second "Mathematical Methods for Coastal Engineering" Summer School 2007 (Co-I in EPSRC grant).

Links

http://sandpit.wldelft.nl/mainpage/mainpage.htm

http://www.sos.bangor.ac.uk/research/costmo/

http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/