David Simmonds

David Simmonds

Associate Professor in Coastal Engineering

School of Engineering (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


COAST Research Group

Marine Institute (MI)


PhD - School of Physics, University of Bath

MSc - Marine Geotechnics, UCNW, University of Wales

MA - Natural Sciences, Cambridge

Professional membership

Member of Institute of Physics

Chartered Physicist

Fellow HEA

Teaching interests

  • Coastal Engineering
  • Hydraulic Engineering




Research interests

Dr. Dave Simmonds is Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in coastal engineering at the University of Plymouth. He has expertise in measurement and statistical analysis techniques. He was CI on the recently completed EPSRC project EP/C005392/1“A Reliability Framework for the Long term Prediction of Beach Evolution”(RF-PeBLE). He was also CI on the EU project Theseus: innovative technologies for safer European coasts in a changing climate [244104/FP7-ENV-2009-1].  He currently works in the COAST research group  which focuses on both marine renewable energy and coastal engineering and has worked on the EU Interreg IV projects MERIFIC and OFELIA.  He is also supervising research students working to improve the representation of the fragility of coastal defences (i-CASE funded) and of the behaviour of porous flows in beaches and coastal structures (Open University funded PhD led by HR Wallingford). 

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

2005 Adrian Pedrozo-Acuna, PhD: Concerning Swash on Steep Beaches (Awarded)
2005 Ying Li, PhD: Investigation of multi-scale variability of beach profiles (Award pending)
1998 Francoise Ozanne, PhD:Performance of a Boussinesq Model for Shoaling and Breaking Waves.

Grants & contracts


Wave modelling for the Wave Hub (WM4WH) Peninsula Research Institute in Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMARE, 387k) Prof D Reeve, Dr D Simmonds, Dr S Pan, Dr V Magar, Prof A Chadwick


Innovative coastal technologies for safer European coasts in a changing climate (THESEUS)


OFELIA Project

EPSRC EP/C005392/1
A Risk-based Framework for Predicting Long-term Beach Evolution (£423,123)

Prof Dominic Reeve; Prof Andrew Chadwick; Dr Mark Spivack (Cambridge); Dr Ping Dong (Dundee); Dr David Simmonds; Dr Mark Davidson
October 2005 - September  2006.

Research groups

  • Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport