Academic staff

Prof Jerome Neufeld, Director

Prof Sasha Turchyn, co-Director

Prof Sasha Turchyn

Professor of Climate Change and Earth-Ocean-Atmosphere Systems, Dept of Earth Sciences

Prof John Taylor, co-Director

Lecturers / Supervisors

Prof Alex Archibald

Alex’s research involves the development and application of state-of-the-art chemistry-climate models. With these models he is trying to answer a number of questions relevant to society: (i) What are the impacts of changes in man made emissions on the composition of the atmosphere (ii) how does the changing composition of the atmosphere affect climate (iii) how will a changing climate impact the composition of the atmosphere.

Prof Oscar Branson

Oscar is interested in working out how organisms take dissolved chemicals from seawater and turn them into a skeleton, and how these processes interact with global- and regional-scale biogeochemical processes to provide climate feedbacks. His research combines physiological and geochemical measurements with quantitative modelling techniques to understand the mechanisms of biomineralisation and their place within the natural environment. He is particularly interested in how biomineralising organisms will respond to global climate change and ocean-based carbon capture techniques.  

Prof Colm-cille Caulfield

Colm-cille is Professor of Environmental and Industrial Fluid Dynamics and Head of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP). He is Co-Director of the Institute of Computing for Climate Science, supported by Schmidt Futures as part of both their Virtual Earth System Research Institute and their Virtual Institute for Scientific Software. He studies instability, turbulence and mixing in environmental and geophysical flow using a combination of theory, experiments and numerical simulations.

Prof Stuart Dalziel

Fluid mechanics of the environment in which we live and how our activities utilise fluid mechanics motivate much of Stuart’s research. His work is characterised by a blend of theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches, frequently with a mix of all three in any given project. Stuart has run DAMTP’s GK Batchelor Laboratory for over 25 years, and has not only led the development of the world-leading facilities, but has also been instrumental in developing the diagnostics and software used widely in the research community.

Prof Chiara Giorio

Chiara uses a multifaceted experimental approach, combining field measurements and laboratory experiments, to understand the evolution of particles in the atmosphere, and assess their effects on climate and on public health. She work on developing methods using advanced analytical tools, from high-resolution mass spectrometry to top notch microscopy and spectroscopy techniques, together with multivariate data analysis. She uses the fundamental information on particle reactivity and composition to reconstruct past compositional changes of the atmosphere from analysis of organic biomarkers in ice cores.

Prof Peter Haynes

Peter Haynes is Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. His research is in fluid dynamics and its role in the atmosphere and ocean, including interactions with physical, chemical, and biological processes.

Prof Duncan Hewitt

Duncan is an applied mathematician who is interested in using mathematics to model and better understand the world around us. His research lies in the broad fields of fluid dynamics and mathematical modelling, with applications to geophysical, industrial, and biological settings. His particular research interests include the mechanics of rheologically complex materials, flow through porous and deformable media, and the behaviour of granular suspensions.

Prof John Lister

John Lister has a wide range of interests both in fundamental fluid mechanics and in the application of fluid mechanics to understand processes in geophysics. Some indication of this range is provided by the following topics: Fluid driven crack propagation and dykes, Infinite-Prandtl number convection and mantle dynamics, Capillary pinch-off and film rupture, Similarity solutions and finite-time singularities, Viscous gravity currents and lava flows, Particle-laden flows, turbidity currents and sedimentation, The thermodynamics and fluid dynamics of the Earth’s core, Low Reynolds number flow, Flows with solidification or temperature-dependent viscosity.

Prof Ali Mashayek

Ali is an expert in climate dynamics, geophysical fluid dynamics, marine ecosystems, and data science. He leads the Modeling Ocean Dynamics & Ecosystems Lab, where his team studies the physical and biological processes in the ocean that lie at the heart of the ocean’s role in regulating the climate system on a wide range of timescales. 

Prof Jerome Neufeld

Jerome uses mathematical models and laboratory experiments to understand the behaviour of Earth and other planetary bodies. His current research focuses on the consequeces of subglacial hydrology on supraglacial lake drainage and the tidal modulation of ice streams, the solidification of magma oceans and the early generation of magnetic fields on planetary bodies, the erosive dynamics of idealised river systems, the emplacement and solidification of magmatic flows, viscous tectonic mountain building, and the general fluid dynamics of geological carbon storage. 

Prof Matthew Osman

Matthew research seeks to uncover the mechanisms of climate variability across seasonal to millennial time scales and across regional to global spatial scales. His work combines large and diverse climate “proxy” databases (in particular, ice cores and ocean sediments), state-of-the-art global climate simulations, physicochemical proxy models, and modern observations to understand past and present climate change in statistically sound, mechanistically grounded ways. 

Prof John Taylor

John studies the fluid dynamics of the ocean. His current research focuses on ocean turbulence and mixing, ocean fronts and the surface boundary layer, microplastic dispersal and aggregation by ocean currents, ocean-driven melting of Antarctic ice shelves, the influence of ocean physics on biogeochemistry, and ocean-based solutions for carbon dioxide removal. The Ocean Dynamics group in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics use a combination of very high resolution computer simulations, real-world data, machine learning, and mathematical methods to study these topics.

Prof Ed Tipper

Ed studies climate change and earth-ocean-atmosphere systems with a focus on the links between the hydrosphere, atmosphere and lithosphere. Here, questions include: How do chemical reactions at the Earth’s surface mediate the chemistry of the atmosphere and seawater over geological time and how are these reactions influenced by rock composition and how do these reactions influence rock composition? To answer these geological questions, he uses geochemical methods, exploiting small variations in isotope ratios. He has been involved in developing Mg and Ca isotope tracers as geochemical tools to investigate the important role of chemical weathering to geochemical budgets.   

Prof Sasha Turchyn

Sasha’s primary research interests involve understanding how the chemistry of the ocean has evolved over various timescales over Earth history. She is particularly interested in changes in biogeochemical cycles in response to perturbations to Earth’s climate and how different biogeochemical cycles are coupled. This leads to the study of the interface between geochemistry and microbiology and how these interplay in biogeochemical cycling. Geomicrobiology is a critical component of understanding and interpreting biogeochemical cycles in a paleoceanographic context. Her current research uses both analytical measurements of stable isotopes and quantitative modelling of biogeochemical cycles. She is particularly interested in understanding the impact of microbial processes in continental margin sediments and chemical alteration in hydrothermal systems on the chemistry of the ocean.

Prof Andy Woods

Andy’s research is focused on the mathematical and physical modelling of different flow processes, including experimental and theoretical models of geological carbon storage, geothermal heat recovery from superheated systems, turbulent buoyant plumes and gravity currents in the ocean and atmosphere, and models of explosive volcanism. He also works on air flows in buildings.

Prof Grae Worster

The broad areas of Grae Worster’s research encompass buoyancy-driven fluid flows, solidification and interactions between the two. He is particularly interested in the evolution of reactive porous media called mushy layers that commonly form during solidification of multi-component melts. Examples include the partially solidified regions formed during alloy production, solidification of magmas and the freezing of sea water to produce sea ice. Latterly, his research has been particularly focused on ice in our natural environment: sea ice, permafrost and glacial ice sheets.

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