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Dr Craig Stevens

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Associate Professor


  • 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

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

  • 2013- today: Associate Editor, Aquaculture Environment Interactions
  • 2013- today: Associate Editor, New Zealand Journal Marine Freshwater Research
  • 2009- today: Associate Editor, Limnology and Oceanography
  • 2004-2009: Editorial Board Member,  Aquatic Sciences (Birkhauser Journal)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • 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
  • 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., O'Connor G, & Robinson, N. (2019). The connections between art and science in Antarctica: Activating Science∗Art. Polar Record10.1017/S0032247419000093
  • 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
  • Wilson, R. I., Friedrich, H., & Stevens, C. (2018). Flow structure of unconfined turbidity currents interacting with an obstacle. ENVIRONMENTAL FLUID MECHANICS, 18 (6), 1571-1594. 10.1007/s10652-018-9631-7
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Heide Friedrich
  • Stevens, C. L. (2018). Turbulent length scales in a fast-flowing, weakly stratified, strait: Cook Strait, New Zealand. OCEAN SCIENCE, 14 (4), 801-812. 10.5194/os-14-801-2018

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SCIENCE CENTRE 303 - Bldg 303
New Zealand

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