Dr Steve Simmons

Research Associate

Faculty of Science and Engineering


+44 (0) 1482 466600

Dr Simmons is a post-doctoral researcher with interests in the development of our understanding of sedimentary processes through the application of novel acoustic measurements of flow and sediment transport over scales ranging from the laboratory flume to the deep ocean.

His current projects include the analysis of the suspended sediment and flow structure of oceanic turbidity currents monitored in the Monterey and Congo submarine canyons.

Other projects include the monitoring of suspended sediment over river dunes and in the wake of wind turbine supports and fishing trawler gear, as well as laboratory measurements of flow in the wake of tidal turbines.


Research Interests

  • Developing acoustic methods for measuring sediment transport processes

  • Monitoring turbidity currents

  • Investigating the wake effects of tidal turbines

Research groups

Modelling Environmental Systems Research Group


Azpiroz-Zabala, M., Cartigny, M.J.B., Talling, P.J., Parsons, D.R., Sumner, E.J, Clare, M.A., Simmons, S.M., Cooper C., and Pope, E., (2017), 'Newly recognised turbidity current structure can explain prolonged flushing of submarine canyons', Science Advances, 3(10), https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.1700200

Simmons, S.M., Parsons, D.R., Best, J.L., Oberg, K.A., Czuba, J.A., and Keevil, G.M., (2017), 'An evaluation of the use of a multibeam echo-sounder for observations of suspended sediment', Applied Acoustics, 126:81-90, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apacoust.2017.05.004

Li, X., Li, M., McLelland, S.J., Jordan, L., Amoudry, L.O., Ramirez-Mendoza R., and Simmons, S.M., (2017), 'Modelling tidal stream turbines in a three-dimensional wave-current fully coupled oceanographic model', Renewable Energy, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2017.02.033

Simmons, S.M., McLelland, S.J., Parsons D.R., Jordan, L., Murphy, B.J., and Murdoch, L., (2017), 'An investigation of the wake recovery of two model horizontal-axis tidal stream turbines measured in a laboratory flume with Particle Image Velocimetry', Journal of Hydro-environment Research, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jher.2017.03.003

Parsons, D.R., Schindler, R.J., Hope, J.A., Malarkey, J., Baas, J.H., Peakall, J., Manning, A.J.; Ye, L.; Simmons, S.M., Paterson, D,M., Aspden, R.J., Bass, S.J., Davies, A.G., Lichtman, I.D., Thorne, P.D., (2016), 'The role of biophysical cohesion on subaqueous bed form size.', Geophysical Research Letters, 43(4). 1566-1573. https://doi.org/10.1002/2016GL067667 

For a full list of Dr Simmons's publications, please follow this link.



Research PhDs

Current PhD supervisions

  • Ye Chen, Knickpoint Dynamics in Turbidite Systems


Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Durham

  • MSc Modern Digital and Radio-Frequency Wireless Communications, University of Leeds

  • PhD Non-Linear Modelling of the Acoustic Response of Bubbles, University of Newcastle upon Tyne