Andrew Fowler
Contact details
Email: fowler@maths.ox.ac.uk or andrew.fowler@ul.ie
University of Oxford phone: 441865270519
University of Limerick phone: 35361234642
Fax: (Oxford) 441865270515; (Limerick) 35361334927
UK mobile 00 44 7811 220415; Irish mobile 00 353 85 814 8867
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 multifaceted 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.
Supervised doctoral theses and master's degrees
A list of my former students and their thesis subjects can be found in my
curriculum
vitae.
Publications
Papers
A full edition of my publications can be found in my
curriculum
vitae.
Papers which can be downloaded as pdf files are also indicated
there.
Books
 Mathematical models in the
applied sciences.
Published by C.U.P. in December 1997, this book addresses the same
themes in mathematical modelling as Alan Tayler's book, Mathematical
models in applied mechanics (O.U.P. 1986), with the difference that
there is a wider variety of applications, in industry, the environment
and life sciences, and the general aim is to treat each problem area
in some depth. See also the
publisher's web page.

Mathematical geoscience.
This book was published by Springer in July 2011, in its
series Interdisciplinary Applied
Mathematics. Here as
a taster are the contents.
Current research
I am currently
working on problems of drumlin formation, scalloping in ice and
limestone caves, stone weathering, biofilm growth, ice age causes,
Liesegang rings. The
bottom
end
of my
curriculum
vitae is a good place
to find what else is currently in the mill.
Courses
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% miniproject,
completed after the end of the semester. Here is
a description of the expected
form of a miniproject, and here is
a minisample of a
miniproject. Also provided is
the LaTeX source code for
this sample.
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.
Picture gallery
Objects of scientific and miscellaneous interest are in the picture gallery, for example on
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