Dr Girish Nivarti

Dr Girish Nivarti


I joined the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Leeds in 2019. My work here focuses on Direct Statistical Simulation of turbulent zonal jets in planetary and stellar atmospheres. As part of this, I have authored the simulation code ZonalFlow in the Julia programming language.

Previously, I was at the University of Cambridge, where I completed my PhD in turbulent combustion theory in 2017, and subsequently conducted postdoctoral research to advance an adaptive software for high-fidelity simulations of multiphase flows.

My PhD research used Direct Numerical Simulations to investigate mechanisms of flame speed enhancement in high-intensity turbulence. This led to a spectrum-based mathematical theory for predicting flame speed enhancement caused by turbulent diffusivity, and to its validation against combustion vessel experiments conducted at the University of Leeds.

From 2011 to 2013, I studied for a Masters of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. I specialized in Computational Fluid Dynamics and undertook research in combustion modelling.

Until 2011, I was studying at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur where I completed my undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering. In 2010, I was a summer research intern at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies.


  • ECR Forum Chair, Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics (2020-2021)
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  • PhD (Cantab)
  • MASc (UBC)
  • BTech (IIT Kharagpur)