PhD opportunities

Informal enquiries are welcome to any current member of the group.

Details about formal applications and the awarding of funding is available from the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

Research Projects

Research projects are available across a wide range of areas of geophysical fluid dynamics, including, but not limited to the following:

1. Three dimensional vortex dynamics: the stability and interactions of coherent vortices in a Boussinesq fluid; the spontaneous generation of unbalanced flows from unsteady balanced flows.

2. Geostrophic turbulence: the formation and maintenance of zonal jets in atmospheres and oceans and their interaction with waves and eddies; mixing properties and zonal jets as transport barriers.

3. Large-scale dynamics of the Earth’s atmosphere and climate: coupling processes between the stratosphere and troposphere, and between tropical and midlatitudes; atmospheric transport and mixing.

4. Internal solitary waves in the Ocean: numerical and experimental modelling of (i) re-suspension events associated with internal solitary waves and (ii) the interaction between surface waves and internal waves.

5. Fundamentals of hydrodynamic and magnetohydrodynamic turbulence: theory of energy transfer, dissipation, and solution regularity; direct numerical simulation of turbulent cascades in two and three dimensions.

6. Numerical methods in geophysical fluid dynamics.

Further information about the research interestes can be found at Vortex Dynamics Research Group.