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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

Research | Current

Oceanic turbulent stratified mixing - PI on Marsden fund project on turbulent mixing in Cook Strait  -

Ice-ocean interaction - PI on MBIE Antarctic Science Platform

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, Lucas, A. J., & Nash, J. D. (2020). The role of turbulence and internal waves in the structure and evolution of a near-field river plume. OCEAN SCIENCE, 16 (4), 799-815. 10.5194/os-16-799-2020
  • Stevens, C., Hulbe, C., Brewer, M., Stewart, C., Robinson, N., Ohneiser, C., & Jendersie, S. (2020). Ocean mixing and heat transport processes observed under the Ross Ice Shelf control its basal melting. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 117 (29), 16799-16804. 10.1073/pnas.1910760117
  • Hadfield, M. G., & Stevens, C. L. (2020). A modelling synthesis of the volume flux through Cook Strait. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF MARINE AND FRESHWATER RESEARCH10.1080/00288330.2020.1784963
  • Yoon, S.-T., Lee, W. S., Stevens, C., Jendersie, S., Nam, S., Yun, S., ... Lee, J. (2020). Variability in high-salinity shelf water production in the Terra Nova Bay polynya, Antarctica. OCEAN SCIENCE, 16 (2), 373-388. 10.5194/os-16-373-2020
  • Robinson, N. J., Grant, B. S., Stevens, C. L., Stewart, C. L., & Williams, M. J. M. (2020). Oceanographic observations in supercooled water: Protocols for mitigation of measurement errors in profiling and moored sampling. COLD REGIONS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 17010.1016/j.coldregions.2019.102954
  • Stevens, C. L., Paul-Burke (Ngati AwaNgati Whakahemo) K, & Russell (Ngapuhi) P (2020). Putahitanga: the intersection of western science and matauranga Maori in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand's physical oceanography. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF MARINE AND FRESHWATER RESEARCH10.1080/00288330.2019.1698621
  • McPherson, R. A., Stevens, C. L., & O'Callaghan JM (2019). Turbulent Scales Observed in a River Plume Entering a Fjord. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS, 124 (12), 9190-9208. 10.1029/2019JC015448
  • 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

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SCIENCE CENTRE 303 - Bldg 303
Level 6, Room 610
New Zealand

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