Matthew Lawrence

Matthew Lawrence


I have always enjoyed applied mathematics, and during my undergraduate degree at Imperial College London, I discovered that my greatest interests lie in fluid dynamics. My masters project was in geophysical fluid dynamics, entitled “On the clustering and drift of surface tracers in a turbulent ocean of Rossby waves”. Wishing to combine this with my childhood fascination with outer space, I moved to Leeds in 2023 to pursue a PhD in astrophysical fluid dynamics/magnetohydrodynamics.

Research interests

I am broadly interested in (magneto)hydrodynamic phenomena, and eager to learn about anything in the field. I previously studied clustering of floating tracers, and remain interested in extending this work from passive to inertial tracers. I have traditionally also been interested in planetary science, from gas giants, through ocean worlds, to icy dwarf planets. I am currently researching magnetoconvection, beginning with the linearised Boussinesq case.


  • MSci Mathematics (Imperial College London): 2023

Research groups and institutes

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Astrophysical and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics