Jerome A. Neufeld

Jerome A. Neufeld

Professor of Earth and Planetary Fluid Dynamics
Centre for Environmental and Industrial Flows
Department of Earth Sciences
Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
University of Cambridge

Research interests: The research in the Earth and Planetary Fluid Dynamics group focuses on using mathematical models and laboratory experiments to understand the fluid behaviour of the Earth and other planetary bodies. Current research interests include the consequences of subglacial hydrology on supraglacial lake drainage and the tidal modulation of ice streams, the solidification of magma oceans and the early generation of magnetic fields on planetary bodies, the erosive dynamics of idealised river systems, the emplacement and solidification of magmatic flows, viscous tectonic mountain building, and the general fluid dynamics of geological carbon storage.

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) and the Physics Department (Phys).

  • (M 2021) Physics of the Earth as a Planet (Part III Phys)
    with D. Al-Attar
  • (L 2022) Fluid Dynamics of the Solid Earth (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:
    • Adam Butler (DES, co-I Alex Copley)
    • Graham Benham (DES, co-I Mike Bickle)
  • PhD Students:
    • Kathryn Dodds (DES, advisors R. Harrison, J. Bryson; co-advisor J. Neufeld)
    • Georgia Ioannou (DAMTP, co-advisor with advisor Stuart Dazliel)
    • Emily Flicos (DES)
    • Kieran Gilmore (DES, co-advisor Mike Bickle)
    • Elvinas Ribinskas (DAMTP, co-advisor Brent Minchew)
    • Sophie Tobin (DAMTP)
    • Marie Vulliet (IPGP, co-advisor with advisor Eric Lajeunesse)
    • Kasia Warburton (DAMTP, co-advisor Duncan Hewitt)
    • Callum Watson (DAMTP, co-advisor Chloe Michaut)
  • MSc/Summer students:
    • Sebastian Hoek
  • Alumni:
    • Gautier Nicoli
    • Finn Box (now at University of Manchester)
    • 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 at Goldman Sachs)
    • Duncan Hewitt (now at UCL)
    • Alex Maskell (Edinburgh)
    • Chunendra Sahu (now at IIT Kanpur)
    • Roiy Sayag (now at Ben-Guirion University)
    • Sam Pegler (now University of Leeds)
    • Peter Ford (Cambridge)
    • Karen Lythgoe (now at Earth Observatory of Singapore)
    • Zhong Zheng (now at Tsinghua)
  • Alumni MSc/Summer students:
    • George Fortune (DAMTP)
    • Mo Zia (Earth Sciences)
    • Rory McMillan (Earth Sciences)
    • Harriet Christie (Earth Sciences)
    • Laura Gell (Physics)
    • Cyril Gadal (DAMTP)
    • Sid Gandhi (Physics)
    • Goodwin Gibbins (Physics)
    • George Lu (DAMTP)
    • 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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