I am a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCSD and an Adjunct Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

My research interests lie mostly in fluid dynamics and applied mathematics.  I work in particular on geophysical fluid dynamics, vortex dynamics, fluid-structure interaction and asymptotics.  I also have an interest in Mathematics in Industry.  The Research page and its subpages give more detail about my work.

I wrote a LaTeX class file that satisfies NSF guidelines for proposals.  I also wrote the Journal of Fluid Mechanics bibliography style file. See the LaTex page.  Resources for mathematical software can be found on the Mathematical software page.

I am an associate editor of the Journal of Fluids and Structures.  To quote the Journal's site, "The Journal of Fluids and Structures publishes original full-length papers, review articles and brief communications on any aspect of fluid–structure interaction and on the dynamics of systems related to such interactions: analytical, experimental, or computational. It is concerned with the fundamental mechanisms, as well as on specific applications of fluid–structure interactions and unsteady fluid dynamics. The journal promises speedy publication and special express processing of letters and brief communications."

I am also an associate editor of the SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics.  From the website, "The SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics is an interdisciplinary journal containing research articles that treat scientific problems using methods that are of mathematical interest. Appropriate subject areas include the physical, engineering, financial, and life sciences. Examples are problems in fluid mechanics, including reaction-diffusion problems, sedimentation, combustion, and transport theory; solid mechanics; elasticity; electromagnetic theory and optics; materials science; mathematical biology, including population dynamics, biomechanics, and physiology; linear and nonlinear wave propagation, including scattering theory and wave propagation in random media; inverse problems; nonlinear dynamics; and stochastic processes, including queueing theory. Mathematical techniques of interest include asymptotic methods, bifurcation theory, dynamical systems theory, complex network theory, computational methods, and probabilistic and statistical methods."

I am also a faculty member of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program at WHOI, which runs a summer school every year.  I encourage graduate students with a strong background in applied mathematics and/or fluid mechanics with an interest in GFD to consider applying.


I did my undergraduate and graduate work in Mathematics at the University of Cambridge at Queens' College.  I did a postdoc at SIO and was a Research Fellow at Queens' and DAMTP. I moved to MAE in 1999.  I was on sabbatical at the Laboratoire de Physique Statistique of the Ecole Normale Supérieure during 2004-2005 and at the Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse during 2011-2012.  Here is my full CV.

This is an old (1999) picture, but I like it.

Click here for a more recent group picture in Banff.  And here for one in Fukuoka.

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