Dr Simone Zen

Research Associate



1.3 John Muir

Research Institute: 

  • Infrastructure and Environment

Research Theme: 

  • Institute for Infrastructure and Environment Themes
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Fire Safety Engineering


I am a Post Doctoral Research Assistant at the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment. I have an extensive background in hydrodynamic, river morphodynamics and interaction between river hydrology, sediments and riparian plants dynamics. My research investigates the physical processes controlled by the Navier-Stokes equations, including those controlling the interaction between water flow, sediment erosion, and riparian vegetation dynamics, and those dictating the wildfire rate of spread and firebrands dynamics. I am particularly interested in understanding how climate change can influence the spatial and temporal scales of these processes. Recently, I have been working on a project that aims to use satellite data to support the management of offshore wind farms. 

My work combines mathematical and numerical modelling, remote sensing analysis, and field and laboratory observations.


Academic Qualifications: 

PhD in Environmental Engineering & River Science
"Bio-morphodynamics of evolving river meander bends from remote sensing, field observations and mathematical modelling"
Joint degree from the University of Trento, Italy, and Queen Mary University of London, UK (2011 - 2014)
MSc in Environmental Engineering
University of Trento (2007 - 2011)

BSc in Environmental Engineering
University of Trento (2004 - 2007)