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Prof Andrew Fowler

MA, DPhil

Biography

I have been Stokes Professor at the University of Limerick since 2007. Before that I spent the bulk of my academic career at the University of Oxford, where I was a lecturer and tutorial Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Corpus was actually my undergraduate and graduate college while at Oxford, and before going back there I spent time at Trinity College Dublin and M.I.T.

Research Interests

As an applied mathematician specialising in mathematical modelling, I consider myself prone to be interested in any problem which requires modelling, and that means almost any scientific problem at all. The main part of my research interests lies in mathematical geoscience, and stems from my doctoral research in glaciology: my thesis 'Glacier dynamics' was finished in 1977, back in the days before word processing, personal computers and the like, and I typed it on a typewriter with two keyboards, one Roman and one with Greek and mathematical symbols.

Since then I have become interested in many other areas of geophysics, geology, petrology, volcanology, as well as geomorphology and Earth surface processes in general.

 

The genuine applied mathematician is a multi-faceted creature, and I am no different. I have been interested in various parts of biology and physiology, and with a background in Oxford and a current post in MACSI, industrial problems also form a major part of my interests.

Teaching Interests

At Limerick I teach the following courses for the M.Sc. in Mathematical Modelling:

 

Mathematical biology and physiology, for which course materials are available: problem sheets and some (incomplete) lecture notes on enzyme kinetics, heart action, respiration and blood cell diseases.

 

Mathematical geoscience, for which course materials are available: problem sheets and lecture notes on modelling, climate, rivers, dunes, and glaciers and ice sheets.

 

The courses are assessed by 25% course work and 75% mini-project, completed after the end of the semester. 


Together with Iain Moyles and Josh Duley, I teach the fourth year undergraduate course

 

Mathematical modelling of natural phenomena, for which course materials are available on sulis, otherwise (less accessible) there are problem sheets and some lecture notes.

The lecture notes and problem sheets may undergo revision during the semester, so keep an eye on them. There are also exam papers (mock/recent) on sulis. Together with Iain Moyles and Josh Duley, I teach the fourth year undergraduate course

Mathematical modelling of natural phenomena, for which course materials are available on sulis, otherwise (less accessible) there are problem sheets and some lecture notes.

The lecture notes and problem sheets may undergo revision during the semester, so keep an eye on them. There are also exam papers (mock/recent) on sulis. 

Publications

Conference Publication

2011

Proceedings of the Seventy-Fifth European Study Group with Industry
Chapwanya, M; Cregan, V; Fowler, A; Lee, W; Meere, M; Vo, TTN; Rivas, JMB; O’Brien, SBG; Sedakov, R; Winstanley, H

2010

75th European Study Group with Industry- Proceedings
Hewitt I., Lacey A., Mellgren N., Vynnycky, M., Robinson M., Cooker M., Fowler, A., Gonzalez, M., Simboek H., Murphy, T., Devereux, M., Sedakov R., Kirby G., Fay G., Wang Q., Adley CC

2009

AIP Conference Proceedings
McGuinness M.J., Fowler A.C., Scheu B., Lee W.T.
DOI: 10.1063/1.3241365

2009

NUMERICAL ANALYSIS AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS, VOLS 1 AND 2
Lee, W; Power, O; Fowler, A; Healey, S; Browne, J

2009

AIP Conference Proceedings
Lee W., Power O., Fowler A., Healey S., Browne J.
DOI: 10.1063/1.3241370

Other Publication

2013

Correspondence
Fowler, AC
Journal Of Glaciology DOI: 10.3189/2013JoG12J164

Peer Reviewed Journal

2016

Convection of a fluid with strongly temperature and pressure dependent viscosity
Fowler, AC,Howell, PD,Khaleque, TS
Geophysical And Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics DOI: 10.1080/03091929.2016.1146264

2015

A 2D channel-clogging biofilm model
Winstanley, HF,Chapwanya, M,Fowler, AC,O'Brien, SBG
Journal Of Mathematical Biology DOI: 10.1007/s00285-014-0833-4

2015

The formation of vesicular cylinders in pahoehoe lava flows
Fowler, AC,Rust, AC,Vynnycky, M
Geophysical And Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics DOI: 10.1080/03091929.2014.955799

2015
2015

Subglacial hydrology as a control on emergence, scale, and spacing of ice streams
Kyrke-Smith, TM,Katz, RF,Fowler, AC
Journal Of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface DOI: 10.1002/2015JF003505

2014

Subglacial hydrology and the formation of ice streams
Kyrke-Smith, TM,Katz, RF,Fowler, AC
Proceedings Of The Royal Society A-Mathematical Physical And Engineering Sciences DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2013.0494

2014

Oscillations in soil bacterial redox reactions
Fowler, AC,Winstanley, HF,McGuinness, MJ,Cribbin, LB
Journal Of Theoretical Biology DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2013.10.010

2014

Subglacial swamps
Kyrke-Smith, TM,Fowler, AC
Proceedings Of The Royal Society A-Mathematical Physical And Engineering Sciences DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2014.0340

2014

Respiratory Control and the Onset of Periodic Breathing
Fowler, AC
Mathematical Modelling Of Natural Phenomena DOI: 10.1051/mmnp/2011-9104

2014

An instability theory for the formation of ribbed moraine, drumlins and mega-scale glacial lineations
Fowler, AC,Chapwanya, M
Proceedings Of The Royal Society A-Mathematical Physical And Engineering Sciences DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2014.0185

2014

Modelling spatial oscillations in soil borehole bacteria
McGuinness, MJ,Cribbin, LB,Winstanley, HF,Fowler, AC
Journal Of Theoretical Biology DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2014.08.017

2013

The motion of ice stream margins
Fowler, AC
Journal Of Fluid Mechanics DOI: 10.1017/jfm.2012.504

2013
2013
2013

Biomat Development in Soil Treatment Units for On-site Wastewater Treatment
Winstanley, HF,Fowler, AC
Bulletin Of Mathematical Biology DOI: 10.1007/s11538-013-9881-y

2012

Explosive fragmentation criteria and velocities for vesicular magma
McGuinness, MJ,Scheu, B,Fowler, AC
Journal Of Volcanology And Geothermal Research DOI: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2012.05.019

2011
2011

A surge of North Gasherbrum Glacier, Karakoram, China
Mayer, C; Fowler, AC; Lambrecht, A; Scharrer, K
Journal Of Glaciology DOI: 10.3189/002214311798043834

2011

Mathematical Geoscience
Fowler, A
Mathematical Geoscience DOI: 10.1007/978-0-85729-721-1

2011

Numerical computations of a theoretical model of ribbed moraine formation
Chapwanya, M; Clark, CD; Fowler, AC
Earth Surface Processes And Landforms DOI: 10.1002/esp.2138

2011

A polymer-solvent model of biofilm growth
Winstanley, HF; Chapwanya, M; McGuinness, MJ; Fowler, AC
Proceedings Of The Royal Society A-Mathematical Physical And Engineering Sciences DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2010.0327

2011

A Model of Oscillatory Blood Cell Counts in Chronic Myelogenous Leukaemia
Drobnjak I., Fowler A.C.
Bulletin Of Mathematical Biology DOI: 10.1007/s11538-011-9656-2

2010

Temperature-dependent shear flow and the absence of thermal runaway in valley glaciers
Fowler, AC; Toja, R; Vazquez, C
Proceedings Of The Royal Society A-Mathematical Physical And Engineering Sciences DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2009.0335

2010

THE MORPHOLOGY OF THE MARTIAN ICE CAPS: A MATHEMATICAL MODEL OF ICE-DUST KINETICS
Zammett, RJ; Fowler, AC
Siam Journal On Applied Mathematics DOI: 10.1137/080734558

2010
2010

Blowing of polycrystalline silicon fuses
Lee, WT; Fowler, AC; Power, O; Healy, S; Browne, J
Applied Physics Letters DOI: 10.1063/1.3457469

2010

The formation of subglacial streams and mega-scale glacial lineations
Fowler, AC
Proceedings Of The Royal Society A-Mathematical Physical And Engineering Sciences DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2010.0009

2010

A theoretical model of the explosive fragmentation of vesicular magma
Fowler, AC; Scheu, B; Lee, WT; McGuinness, MJ
Proceedings Of The Royal Society A-Mathematical Physical And Engineering Sciences DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2009.0382

2010

The instability theory of drumlin formation applied to Newtonian viscous ice of finite depth
Fowler, AC
Proceedings Of The Royal Society A-Mathematical Physical And Engineering Sciences DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2010.0017

2009

A dynamic model of annual foliage growth and carbon uptake in trees
Fowler, AC; Clary, O; Roose, T
Journal Of The Royal Society Interface DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2009.0010

2009

Melt channelization in ascending mantle
Hewitt, IJ; Fowler, AC
Journal Of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth DOI: 10.1029/2008JB006185

2009

Initiation of Guinness
O'Sullivan, M; Power, O; Lee, W; Fowler, A; Dellar, P; O'Sullivan, M
Mathematics In Industry

2009

Dynamics of subglacial floods
Fowler, AC
Proceedings Of The Royal Society A-Mathematical Physical And Engineering Sciences DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2008.0488

2009

Instability modelling of drumlin formation incorporating lee-side cavity growth
Fowler, AC
Proceedings Of The Royal Society A-Mathematical Physical And Engineering Sciences DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2008.0490

2008

Seasonal waves on glaciers
Hewitt, IJ; Fowler, AC
Hydrological Processes DOI: 10.1002/hyp.7029

2008

Mathematical Analysis of a Model of River Channel Formation
Diaz, JI; Fowler, AC; Munoz, AI; Schiavi, E
Pure And Applied Geophysics DOI: 10.1007/s00024-004-0394-3

2008

Partial melting in an upwelling mantle column
Hewitt, IJ; Fowler, AC
Proceedings Of The Royal Society A-Mathematical Physical And Engineering Sciences DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2008.0045

2006

The formation of river channels
Fowler, AC; Kopteva, N; Oakley, C
Siam Journal On Applied Mathematics DOI: 10.1137/050629264