Dr Craig Stevens

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Associate Professor

Biography

  • Postdoctoral Experience (1991-1996): NSERC International Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia, Canada, in the Environmental Fluid Mechanics Group in the Department of Civil Engineering working with the then Assoc. Prof. Gregory Lawrence
  • Doctoral Thesis (1992): The Effect of a Surface Shear Stress on a Stratified Fluid (Supervisor, Professor Jörg Imberger). A study of the upwelling response of a stratified lake under the action of wind. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Centre for Water Research, University of Western Australia
  • Bachelors Degree (1987): Bachelor of Engineering - First Class Honours; Department of Civil Engineering, University of Adelaide, South Australia

Research | Current

Oceanic turbulent stratified mixing - PI on Marsden fund project on turbulent mixing in Cook Strait  - https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/2018620570/project-cookie-monster

Ice-ocean interaction - PI on MBIE Antarctic Science Platform https://www.antarcticscienceplatform.org.nz/

Entity-flow interaction (biophysics, flow around obstacles)

Fluid mechanics associated with industry such as aquaculture, energy, mining etc.

Outreach and science-politics

Postgraduate supervision

Postgraduate opportunities exist in a number of areas

  • Antarctic ice-ocean processes - focus on ice shelf/polynya interactions
  • Shelf seas oceanography - focus on turbulent stratified flows
  • Marine energy - focus on turbulence-structure interactions
  • Novel approaches to ocean sampling

Get in touch if any of these topics strike a chord.

Areas of expertise

  • Oceanic turbulent stratified boundary-layer flows
  • River plumes
  • Sea ice-ocean interaction
  • Entity-flow interaction (biophysics, flow around obstacles)
  • Fluid mechanics associated with industry such as aquaculture, energy, mining etc.
  • Outreach

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • 2015-2018:    President NZ Association of Scientists (co President from Nov 2017).
  • 2012-2017:    Board of AWATEA – NZ Wave and Tidal Energy Assoc. (chair 2013-2016)
  • 2013- today:  Associate Editor, New Zealand Journal Marine Freshwater Research
  • 2009- 2018:   Associate Editor, Limnology and Oceanography

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • McPherson, R. A., Stevens, C. L., & O'Callaghan JM (2019). Turbulent Scales Observed in a River Plume Entering a Fjord. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS10.1029/2019JC015448
  • Chiswell, S. M., Stevens, C. L., Macdonald, H. S., Grant, B. S., & Price, O. (2019). Circulation in Tasman-Golden bays and Greater Cook Strait, New Zealand. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF MARINE AND FRESHWATER RESEARCH10.1080/00288330.2019.1698622
  • Wilson, R., Friedrich, H., & Stevens, C. (2019). Quantifying propagation characteristics of unconfined turbidity currents interacting with an obstacle within the slumping regime. JOURNAL OF HYDRAULIC RESEARCH, 57 (4), 498-516. 10.1080/00221686.2018.1494054
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Heide Friedrich
  • Stevens, C., O'Connor G, & Robinson, N. (2019). The connections between art and science in Antarctica: Activating Science*Art. POLAR RECORD, 55 (4), 289-296. 10.1017/S0032247419000093
  • de Burgh-Day, C. O., Spillman, C. M., Stevens, C., Alves, O., & Rickard, G. (2019). Predicting seasonal ocean variability around New Zealand using a coupled ocean-atmosphere model. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF MARINE AND FRESHWATER RESEARCH, 53 (2), 201-221. 10.1080/00288330.2018.1538052
  • Stevens, C. L., O'Callaghan JM, Chiswell, S. M., & Hadfield, M. G. (2019). Physical oceanography of New Zealand/Aotearoa shelf seas - a review. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF MARINE AND FRESHWATER RESEARCH, 1-40. 10.1080/00288330.2019.1588746
  • O’Callaghan J, Stevens, C., Roughan, M., Cornelisen, C., Sutton, P., Garrett, S., ... Suanda, S. H. (2019). Developing an Integrated Ocean Observing System for New Zealand. Frontiers in Marine Science, 610.3389/fmars.2019.00143
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Melissa Bowen, Philip Sutton
  • Stevens, C., & Plew, D. (2019). Perspective: Bridging the separation between studies of the biophysics of natural and built marine canopies. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6 (APR).10.3389/fmars.2019.00217

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SCIENCE CENTRE 303 - Bldg 303
38 PRINCES ST
AUCKLAND CENTRAL
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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