Having done a range of pure and applied mathematics during my undergraduate degree at the University of St Andrews, I was particularly taken with geophysical fluid dynamics and solar theory, so moved to Leeds to pursue a PhD in astrophysical fluid dynamics. I study the magnetohydrodynamic primitive equations, a model applicable to astrophysical thin shells. This makes it a very useful model, since thin layers abound in stars and planets. The most notable is the solar tachocline, for which this model was originally derived.
- Astrophysical fluid dynamics
- The solar tachocline
- Dynamo theory
- Master in Mathematics (University of St Andrews)