I am currently an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow at the University of Manchester, working in the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics group. My research is aimed at developing a free-surface fluid-structure interaction model to examine the role that coastal vegetation can play in protecting against tsunamis and storm surges. My research interests include computational fluid dynamics, fluid-structure interaction, and high performance computing. My PhD focussed on the fundamental interactions between fluids and high aspect ratio structures (e.g. cilia, filaments, flaps). As part of this work I developed a parallel lattice Boltzmann-immersed boundary-finite element model and applied it to multiple configurations involving large arrays of slender structures. Prior to my PhD I attended the University of Glasgow, where I obtained an MEng in Aeronautical Engineering. This also included a year exchange at the University of California, Irvine and a six month placement in the CFD-Methods group at Rolls-Royce in Derby. Outwith my primary role I also have a keen interest in outreach. I have previously held positions as a Widening Participation Fellow and STEM Ambassador and continue to work with the School of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Civil Engineering to organise and deliver outreach events in and around Manchester.