Jerome A. Neufeld

Dr. Jerome A. Neufeld

University Lecturer and 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 2017) Fluid Dynamics of the Solid Earth (Part III DAMTP)
    with M.G. Worster (files)
  • (M 2016) Geophysics (Part II DES)
  • (L 2017) 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:
  • PhD Students:
    • Laurence Cowton (DES, co-I Nicky White)
    • Andrew Gilbert (DES, co-I Marian Holness)
    • Thomasina Ball (DES)
    • Japinder Nijjer (DAMTP)
  • MSc/Summer students:
    • Rowenna McGill (DES)
    • David Sohr (DES)
  • Alumni:
    • Finn Box (now at Oxford University)
    • Himantha Cooray (now at Aberystwyth University)
    • Madeleine Golding (now Goldman Sachs)
    • Duncan Hewitt (now DAMTP and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge)
    • Roiy Sayag (now Ben-Guirion University)
    • Sam Pegler (now University of Leeds)
    • Katherine Daniels (now BGS)
    • Peter Ford (Cambridge)
    • Karen Lythgoe (now BP Plc)
  • Alumni MSc/Summer students:
    • Laura Gell (Physics)
    • Sid Gandhi (Physics)
    • Marcin Malinowski (Physics)
    • Thomas Le Reun (ENS Lyon)
    • Harriet Christie (Earth Sciences)
    • Goodwin Gibbins (Physics)


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