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Dr Paul Burns

Research Fellow


Telephone: 01392 725280

Extension: (Streatham) 5280

Research interests

Fluid dynamics, Oceanography and Dynamical systems. More specifically, understanding the dynamics of geophysical fluids with a focus on Earth’s oceans. My main focus is on applying theoretical and numerical modelling techniques to investigate problems concerning: 

  • The role of nonlinear resonance in the creation and maintenance of layers in stably-stratified flows 
  • The interplay of nonlinear resonance and small-scale mixing 
  • Effects on the slow dynamics from interactions of nonlinear and linear resonance 
  • Dynamical systems perspective of long-lived density layers and relationships to nonlinear resonance theory 


Numerical models include Dedalus (a spectral-methods model), Firedrake-Gusto (a finite-element methods model), WRF (a finite difference model) and MITgcm (a finite volume model).



Some research highlights include the following:

  • Researcher Co-I for current project
  • Lecturer for the MSc module Waves, Instabilities and Turbulence in 2020 (excellent student feedback received)
  • Co-supervised 5 student MSc projects
  • Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society
  • Committee member for Insitute of Physics group Nonlinear and Complex Physics
  • Session Chair at two international conferences