Dr Villarroel-Lamb’s current research is focused on the numerical modelling of coastal processes that are linked to coastal morphology. As part of her research, she has developed a numerical framework to model physical processes that occur along a coastline, such as wave transformation, wave breaking, undertow currents, energy dissipation and sediment transport. The numerical framework, based on an energetics formulation, is at the moment being extended to model anthropogenic activities, such as sand-mining and coastal structure interaction. Ultimately, the aim of this computational tool is to be used in coastal erosion hazard risk assessment on beaches. Further application of the model includes the description of the flooding hazard that may or may not be associated with coastal erosion.
Dr Villarroel-Lamb is a proud recipient of the prestigious Royal Society – Newton Fellowship award in its inaugural year (2009). This fellowship is aimed at researchers at the beginning of their career with the potential to become world-class. Her fellowship was taken up at University College London (UCL), where she has been inducted as an Honorary Lecturer (2011-2016). She continues to work with Prof Richard Simons at UCL and has used her Newton Fellowship funding to facilitate exchange programs for Ph.D. students between UWI and UCL. Dr Villarroel-Lamb is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (FRSA).