Jerome A. Neufeld

Dr. Jerome A. Neufeld

Reader in Earth and Planetary Fluid Dynamics
BP Institute
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 2020) Physics of the Earth as a Planet (Part III Phys)
    with J. Rudge and D. Al-Attar
  • (L 2019) Demonstrations in Fluid Dynamics (Part III DAMTP).
  • (L 2020) 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:
    • Chunendra Sahu (DES, co-I Mike Bickle)
    • 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 Stuart Dazliel)
    • Kieran Gilmore (DES, co-advisor Mike Bickle)
    • Elvinas Ribinskas (DAMTP, co-advisor Brent Minchew)
    • Sophie Tobin (DAMTP)
    • Kasia Warburton (DAMTP, co-advisor Duncan Hewitt)
    • Callum Watson (DAMTP, co-advisor Chloe Michaut)
  • MSc/Summer students:
    • George Lu (Engineering Science, University of Toronto)
    • Cyril Gadal (Institute de Physique du Globe de Paris)
  • 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 DAMTP and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge)
    • Alex Maskell (Edinburgh)
    • Roiy Sayag (now at 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:
    • George Fortune (DAMTP)
    • Mo Zia (Earth Sciences)
    • Rory McMillan (Earth Sciences)
    • 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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