Christopher graduated from the University of Auckland with a first class BE(Hons) and senior scholar in Engineering Science in May 2011.
He joined the Tidal Energy Research Group at the University of Oxford in the same month, with funding from the Oxford Martin School through the Programme on Globalising Tidal Power Generation, and completed his DPhil in 2015.
Christopher's research interests focus on wind and tidal power. His work has included the development of analytic and numerical models to understand the interaction between power extraction and the natural hydrodynamics of tidal basins, blade element momentum theory based models for the prediction of turbine performance in volume-flux constrained flows, and RANS-CFD analysis and design of single turbines and multi-turbine farms for both wind and tidal turbines.
Christopher has taught the first and second year engineering courses in mathematics, statics and dynamics, and fluid and thermodynamics at a range of colleges in Oxford. Within the department, he been a lab demonstrator for the first year Matlab course, second year thermofluids laboratory, third year hydraulics laboratory, and been a teaching assistant for the third year soil mechanics course. He has also been involved with the Headstart and UNIQ engineering outreach programmes for the last few years.
If you're interested in joining the research group, please don't hesitate to get in touch with an outline of your research interests.