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. I., Friedrich, H., & Stevens, C. (2017). Turbulent entrainment in sediment-laden flows interacting with an obstacle. Physics of Fluids, 29 (3), 036603-036603. 10.1063/1.4979067
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Heide Friedrich
  • Robinson, N. J., Stevens, C. L., & McPhee, M. G. (2017). Observations of amplified roughness from crystal accretion in the sub-ice ocean boundary layer. Geophysical Research Letters10.1002/2016GL071491
  • Stevens, C., & O'Connor G (2016). Teleconnections in STEAM: Antarctic Field-Camp Art. STEAM, 2 (2), 1-5. 10.5642/steam.20160202.20
  • Stevens, C. L., & Smith, M. J. (2016). Turbulent mixing in a stratified estuarine tidal channel: Hikapu Reach, Pelorus Sound, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 50 (4), 485-505. 10.1080/00288330.2016.1171243
  • Divett, T., Vennell, R., & Stevens, C. (2016). Channel-scale optimisation and tuning of large tidal turbine arrays using LES with adaptive mesh. Renewable Energy, 86, 1394-1405. 10.1016/j.renene.2015.09.048
  • McPhee, M. G., Stevens, C. L., Smith, I. J., & Robinson, N. J. (2016). Turbulent heat transfer as a control of platelet ice growth in supercooled under-ice ocean boundary layers. Ocean Science, 12 (2), 507-515. 10.5194/os-12-507-2016
  • Stevens, C., & O'Connor G (2015). Combined art and science as a communication pathway in a primary school setting: Paper and ice. Journal of Science Communication, 14 (4) Related URL.
  • Langhorne, P. J., Hughes, K. G., Gough, A. J., Smith, I. J., Williams, M. J. M., Robinson, N. J., ... Leonard, G. H. (2015). Observed platelet ice distributions in Antarctic sea ice: An index for ocean-ice shelf heat flux. Geophysical Research Letters, 42 (13), 5442-5451. 10.1002/2015GL064508