Dr Adrian J. Barker

Dr Adrian J. Barker


I am an Associate Professor in Applied Mathematics. Previously, I was a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics from August 2016-December 2019. Before then, I was a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow and Postdoctoral Research Associate at DAMTP, University of Cambridge (2013-2016) and a CIERA Research Fellow at CIERA, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Northwestern University, USA (2011-2013). I did my PhD at DAMTP, University of Cambridge (2007-2011).

Research interests

My primary research interests are in Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics related to the formation and evolution of extrasolar planetary systems, particularly to tidal interactions between planets and stars, the dynamics of astrophysical discs (such as those around young stars within which planets are believed to form), in addition to waves, instabilities and turbulence in stellar and planetary interiors.

Further information about my research can be found on the AGFD group webpage.


  • PhD Theoretical Astrophysics, DAMTP, University of Cambridge
  • MPhys Theoretical Physics, University of Leeds

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society

Research groups and institutes

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Astrophysical and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>
    <li><a href="//phd.leeds.ac.uk/project/763-hydrodynamic-and-magnetohydrodynamic-instabilities-in-stellar-and-planetary-interiors">Hydrodynamic and magnetohydrodynamic instabilities in stellar and planetary interiors</a></li> <li><a href="//phd.leeds.ac.uk/project/205-tidal-flows-in-extrasolar-planets-and-stars">Tidal flows in extrasolar planets and stars</a></li>