Dr John R. Taylor


  • 2017-present: Reader in Oceanography, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge
  • 2017-present: Director of Studies in Mathematics, St. John's College
  • 2013-present: Fellow, St. John's College
  • 2011-2017: University Lecturer, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge
  • 2008-2011: NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interests

My research focuses on the fluid dynamics of the ocean. I am particularly interested in ocean turbulence and mixing, ocean fronts and the surface boundary layer, and the impact of turbulence on micro-organisms. Recent work has uncovered a fascinating and poorly-understood collection of processes occurring at relatively small scales (<O(10km)) where the vertical motion is strong but stratification and the Earth's rotation are important factors. Since these motions are too small to be directly resolved by global ocean and climate models, understanding their impact on the structure and dynamics of the ocean is one of the most pressing topics in physical oceanography. Currently, I am studying the dynamics of upper ocean fronts, the turbulent boundary layer benath melting ice shelves, stratified turbulence, and the influence of physical processes on biogeochemical dynamics. Please see my homepage (linked on the right) for more information.

Recent Publications

  • Whitt, D.B., and J.R. Taylor, 2017, Energetic submesoscales maintain strong mixed layer stratification during an autumn storm, J. Phys. Ocean., in press.
  • Bachman, S.D., J.R. Taylor, K.A. Adams, and P. Hosegood, 2017, Mesoscale and submesoscale effects on mixed layer depth in the Southern Ocean, J. Phys. Ocean., 47, 2173-2188.
  • Kaminski, A.K., C.P. Caulfield, and J.R. Taylor, 2017, Nonlinear evolution of linear optimal perturbations of strongly stratified shear layers, J. Fluid Mech., 825, 213-244
  • Taylor, J.R., and Q. Zhou, 2017, A multi-parameter criterion for layer formation in a stratified shear flow using sorted buoyancy coordinates, J. Fluid Mech., 823, R5
  • Whitt, D.B,  J.R. Taylor, and M. Levy, M, 2017, Synoptic-to-planetary scale wind variability enhances phytoplankton biomass at ocean fronts, J. Geophys. Res., 122, 4602-4633
  • Adams, K.A., P. Hosegood, J.R. Taylor, J.-B. Sallee, S.D. Bachman, R. Torres, M. Stamper, 2017, Frontal circulation and submesoscale variability during the formation of a Southern Ocean mesoscale eddy, J. Phys. Ocean., 47, 1737-1753.
  • Zhou, Q., J.R. Taylor., and C.P. Caulfield, 2017, Self-similar mixing in stratified plane Couette flow for varying Prandtl number, J. Fluid Mech. 820, 86-120.
  • Zhou, Q., J.R. Taylor., C.P. Caulfield, and P.F. Linden, 2017, Diapycnal mixing in layered stratified plane Couette flow quantified in a tracer-based coordinate, J. Fluid Mech. 823, 198-229.
  • Bachman, S.D., B. Fox-Kemper, J.R. Taylor, and L.N. Thomas, 2017, Parameterization of Frontal Symmetric Instabilities. I: Theory for Resolved Fronts, Ocean Modelling, 109, 72-95.
  • Whitt, D.B, M. Levy, and J.R. Taylor, 2017, Low and high frequency oscillatory winds synergistically enhance nutrient entrainment and phytoplankton at fronts, J. Geophys. Res.,122, 2, 1016-1041.
  • Stamper, M, and J.R. Taylor, 2016, The transition from symmetric to baroclinic instability in the Eady model. Ocean Dyn., 67(1), 65-80
  • Portwood, G., S.M. de Bruyn Kops, J.R. Taylor, H. Salehipour, and C.P. Caulfield, 2016, Robust identification of dynamically distinct regions in stratified turbulence. J. Fluid Mech. Rapids, 807, R2
  • Taylor, J.R., E. Deusebio., C.P Caulfield, and R. Kerswell, 2016, A new method for isolating turbulent states in transitional stratified plane Couette flow. J. Fluid Mech. Rapids, 808, R1
  • Shakespeare, C.J., and J.R. Taylor, 2016, Spontaneous wave generation at strongly strained density fronts, J. Phys. Ocean. 46 (7), 2063-2081.
  • Taylor, J.R., 2016, The influence of submesoscale restratification and convection on light-limited phytoplankton growth. Geophys. Res. Lett. 2016GL069106.
  • Thomas, L.N., J.R. Taylor, E. D’Asaro, C. Lee, and J. Klymak, 2016, Symmetric instability, inertial oscillations, and turbulence at the Gulf Stream front. J. Phys. Ocean. 46, 197-217.