My research interests are in fluid dynamics and mathematical modelling, in particular using mathematics to model, understand and make predictions about practical problems arising from industry and other scientific disciplines.  My research uses combined asymptotic and numerical techniques, exploiting small parameters to reduce the complexity of the models studied.  

One long-term research interest is in droplet (and solid) impacts into water, and subsequent splashing. Originally motivated by predicting ice formation on aircraft during flight in clouds, my research has tried to improve predictions of splashing and water entry.  Recently, I have been interested in the influence of air effects, such as pre-impact air cushioning and how air influences the post-impact splash development.

Other ongoing research includes boundary-layer flow past multiple aerofoils and ground effects, the fluid mechanics of digestion and the stomach, and flow in elastic channels. 

I am actively involved in the UK Industrial Mathematics community.  I regularly attend Mathematical Study Groups with Industry, and organised the 85th European Study group with Industry at UEA in 2012.  I am also on the Scientific Committee of the Industrial Mathematics Knowledge Transfer Network.

Follow this link for details of current PhD opportunities in Mathematics. But feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.


  • Senior Lecturer, School of Mathematics, UEA. 2013-Present.
  • Lecturer, School of Mathematics, UEA. 2005-2013.
  • Research Associate, Rotorcraft and Aircraft Icing team, QinetiQ, Farnborough.  Under EPSRC RAIS Scheme, 2004-2005
  • Postdoc Researcher, University College London, 2003-2004Temporary Lecturer, University College London, 2002-2003
  • PhD, Rotor blades and ground effects, UCL, 2002

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