Jerome A. Neufeld

Dr. Jerome A. Neufeld

Reader in Earth and Planetary Fluid Dynamics
Royal Society University Research Fellow
BP Institute
Department of Earth Sciences
Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
University of Cambridge

Research interests: Our research spans focuses on the fluid dynamics of the earth in a host of geophysical settings. The work couples thermodynamics and fluid dynamics in multiphase systems using analytical, numerical and experimental techniques. Recent research efforts have focused on the fluid dynamics of geological carbon sequestration through experiments and models of propagation and leakage, and in the efficacy of secondary trapping mechanisms such as dissolution-driven convection and the large-scale implications of capillary forces at small scales. In addition, ongoing work is focused on the solidification of binary solutions as found in the polar oceans when salt water freezes, in Earth's core as preserved in the seismic signature, in the solidification of magmatic sills, and in the form of icicles. Recent work examines the coupling of fluid flow and elastic flexure in settings as diverse as sea ice, laccoliths and the Tibetan plateau.

Current courses: Current courses (or parts thereof) taught in the Department of Earth Sciences (DES) and the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP).

  • (L 2019) Fluid Dynamics of the Solid Earth (Part III DAMTP)
    with M.G. Worster (files)
  • (L 2019) Demonstrations in Fluid Dynamics (Part III DAMTP).

People: The research in the fluid dynamics of the earth spans many groups and departments. Past and present students, postdocs, and collaborators, along with their affiliations are listed below.

  • Postdocs:
    • Gauter Nicoli (DES, co-I Marian Holness)
    • Chunendra Sahu (DES, co-I Mike Bickle)
    • Adam Butler (DES, co-I Alex Copley)
  • PhD Students:
    • Thomasina Ball (DES)
    • Kieran Gilmore (DES, co-I Mike Bickle)
    • Japinder Nijjer (DAMTP, co-I Duncan Hewitt)
    • Kasia Warburton (DAMTP, co-I Duncan Hewitt)
    • Callum Watson (DAMTP, co-I Chloe Michaut)
  • MSc/Summer students:
    • George Fortune (DAMTP)
    • Rory McMillan (DES)
    • Mo Zia (DES)
  • Alumni:
    • Finn Box (now at Oxford University)
    • Himantha Cooray (now at UCL)
    • Laurence Cowton (now at ASI Data Science)
    • Katherine Daniels (now at BGS)
    • Andrew Gilbert (Cambridge)
    • Baudoin Geraud (Cambridge)
    • Madeleine Golding (now Goldman Sachs)
    • Duncan Hewitt (now DAMTP and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge)
    • Alex Maskell (Edinburgh)
    • Roiy Sayag (now Ben-Guirion University)
    • Sam Pegler (now University of Leeds)
    • Peter Ford (Cambridge)
    • Karen Lythgoe (now at BP Plc)
    • Zhong Zheng (now at Tsinghua)
  • Alumni MSc/Summer students:
    • Harriet Christie (Earth Sciences)
    • Laura Gell (Physics)
    • Sid Gandhi (Physics)
    • Goodwin Gibbins (Physics)
    • Marcin Malinowski (Physics)
    • Rowenna McGill (Earth Sciences)
    • Thomas Le Reun (ENS Lyon)
    • Cat Reynolds (Earth Sciences)
    • David Sohr (Earth Sciences)
    • Pedro Waterton (Earth Sciences)


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