Dr. John R. Taylor
Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
Fellow, St. John's College
University of Cambridge
Research interests: I study the fluid dynamics of the ocean using numerical simulations and mathematical methods. I am particularly interested in processes lying at the interface between the traditional fields of oceanography and fluid dynamics. Recent work has uncovered a fascinating and poorly-understood collection of processes occurring at relatively small scales (<10km) with large vertical velocities and rich three-dimensional structure, but where stratification and the Earth's rotation remain 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. Examples of current research topics include the dynamics of ocean fronts, stratified turbulence, and the influence of turbulence on phytoplankton.