Understanding the mixing generated by zooplankton

About me

University of Bath's pond. Image credits: Dominique Blanc

My name is Stefano Simoncelli and I am a 1st year Ph.D student at University of Bath (South West UK) within the Architecture and Civil Engineering Department (ACE).

The main objective of my PhD is to find out whether or not the vertical migration of zooplankton (DVM) at dusk can generate turbulence and mixing while the lake is stratified, a condition that prevents the vertical mixing and usually has negative impacts on water quality. The study aims to give more insights to this highly debated topic with particular reference to lakes where zooplankton has different characteristics to those in oceans.

The aim of this blog is to track my academic journey and the progress of the field campaign at the base of my research project as well as to provide helpful discussions with other people interested in the topic.

Contact info

E-mail: s.simoncelli [@] bath.ac.uk
Researchgate: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Stefano_Simoncelli
Twitter: @s__simoncelli

Educational Background

☆ PhD in Architecture and Civil Engineering

Supervisor: Dr. Danielle Wain
Co-supervisors: Dr. Lee Bryant, Dr. Thomas Kjeldsen and Dr. Stephen Thackeray (Lancaster Environment Centre)
Where: University of Bath (UK)
Area: Zooplankton Generation Mixing in Stratified Lakes

☆ Master in Environmental Engineering

When: March 2012
Where: University of Brescia (Italy)
Thesis: Evaluation of water residence time in Iseo Lake

☆ Batchelor in Environmental Engineering

When: March 2010
Where: University of Brescia (Italy)
Thesis: Experimental investigation of rain water infiltration in permeable pavements

But. Wait.. Where's Bath?

Bath is a city in South West England, nominated World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is 20 mins from Bristol and more than 1 hour from London. The city is famous for the Romans Baths which can be still visited nowadays in the city centre. It is a very attractive, unique and characteristic city since the majority of the buildings look the same and use the same limestone bricks, also called "Bath Stone". The city is also famous for its theatres, museums and other sporting structures.


Romans Baths (source)

The circle (source)

Pulteney Bridge (source)

Bath Abbey (source)