Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Stefano Simoncelli

Contact details

Room: 6E 3.3
Tel: +44 (0)1225 382506
Email: Twitter: @s__simoncelli

Stefano Simoncelli

About myself

My name is Stefano Simoncelli and I am a 2nd year Ph.D student at University of Bath (South West UK) within the Architecture and Civil Engineering Department (ACE).

The main objective of my PhD is to find out whether or not the vertical migration of zooplankton (DVM) at dusk can generate turbulence and mixing while the lake is stratified, a condition that prevents the vertical mixing and usually has negative impacts on water quality. The study aims to give more insights to this highly debated topic with particular reference to lakes where zooplankton has different characteristics to those in oceans.

The aim of this blog is to track my academic journey and the progress of the field campaign at the base of my research project as well as to provide helpful discussions with other people interested in the topic.

Educational Background

PhD in Architecture and Civil Engineering

Supervisor: Dr. Danielle Wain
Co-supervisors: Dr. Lee Bryant, Dr. Thomas Kjeldsen and Dr. Stephen Thackeray (Lancaster Environment Centre)
Where: University of Bath (UK)
Area: Zooplankton Generation Mixing in Stratified Lakes

Master in Environmental Engineering

When: March 2012
Where: University of Brescia (Italy)
Thesis: Evaluation of water residence time in Iseo Lake

Batchelor in Environmental Engineering

When: March 2010
Where: University of Brescia (Italy)
Thesis: Experimental investigation of rain water infiltration in permeable pavements


Pilotti, M., Simoncelli, S., & Valerio, G. (2014). Computing the transport time scales of a stratified lake on the basis of Tonolli’s model. Journal of Limnology, 73(AoP). doi:10.4081/jlimnol.2014.897

Pilotti, M., Simoncelli, S., & Valerio, G. (2014). A simple approach to the evaluation of the actual water renewal time of natural stratified lakes. Water Resources Research, 50(4), 2830–2849. doi:10.1002/2013WR014471