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Staff Profile: Dr C A M E Wilson


Dr Catherine A M E Wilson



Senior Lecturer - Teaching and Research


Teaching Discipline:

Architectural, Civil & Environmental Engineering


Research Theme:

Energy and Environment


Research Group:

Hydro-environmental Research Centre






+44 (0)29 2087 4282 (direct line)





Main Expertise/Research Interests

My Research interests include: (a) vegetation hydrodynamics and the the interaction of vegetation and flow in river and estuarine systems, (b) 3-D Computational Fluid Dynamics modelling of environmental hydraulics, (c) the impact of climate change on ecosystems and the linkage between hydrodynamics and invertebrate habitat in rivers


Professional Activities and Recognition:

- External Fellowships and Memberships
EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow (2001-2006)
EPSRC Review College (2001 - current)
ICE,CEng Chartered Engineer

- Sabbatical Visits to Research Centres
Water Research Centre, University of New South Wales

- Committee Membership
IAHR UK Section (2002-2008)
BHS Welsh Section (2005-2008)

- Travel Grants
Royal Academy Grants to go: IAHR Congress Beijing (2001); IAHR Congress Korea (2005); IAHR Congress Venice (2007)

Key Awards
ICE Wales Prize 2004
IAHR Congress JFK Prize 1995

Member of organising committees:
Local committee for the IWA/IAHR 5th International Conference of Hydroinformatics
Invited section organiser for Joint IAHR-EWRI Congress Vancouver 2009

Reviewer for 15 Journals (ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, Water Resources Research, Water Research, Journal of Hydrology, Journal of Hydraulic Research, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Hydrological Processes, ICE Journal of Water Management, Journal of Hydroinformatics, Journal of Environmental Management, Journal of River Basin Management, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms,)

Reviewer for International Research Councils:
The National Science Foundation (USA)

Research Collaborators:
Prof. Nils Reidar Olsen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway -Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
Dr. Thorsten Stoesser, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA - Modelling flow/vegetation interaction and the associated impact on turbulence using CFD models
Prof. Ian Guymer, University of Warwick, UK - Dispersion in meandering channels and the impact of macrophytes on contaminant dispersion
Dr Joby Boxall and James Shucksmith, University of Sheffield, UK - Dispersion in meandering channels and the impact of macrophytes on dispersion
Dr. Matt Horritt, Halcrow, UK - The use of remote-sensing techniques for parameterising vegetation height and modelling estuarine flows using 1-D/2-D models
Dr. Jochen Aberle, University of Braunsweig, Germany - Modelling the hydraulic resistance of woodland vegetation and the DAM approach for experimental hydraulics
Dr. Tom Nisbet and Huw Thomas, Forest Research, UK - Modelling the effects of forestation on reach-scale flooding characteristics
Dr. Pam Naden and Dr. Rameshwaran, Centre of Hydrology and Ecology, Wallingford, UK - Validation of 3-D CFD codes for the predication of meandering compound channel flow.
Prof. Ron Cox and Dr Stephanie Wallace, Water Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia - Modelling the impact of sea grass on the velocity and turbulence structure.