Professional & Academic Record

2015– Senior Lecturer, School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Adelaide, Australia.

2013–2016 Australian Research Council Early Career Research Fellow, University of Adelaide.

2011–2013 Lecturer, School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Adelaide.

2011 Research Fellow, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, Norway.

2007–2011 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Otago, N.Z.

2004–2007 Ph.D. Applied Mathematics, University of Reading, U.K.

2002–2003 M.Sc. Applied Mathematics, Distinction, University of Reading.

1999–2002 B.Sc. (Hons.) Mathematics, 1st Class, University of Reading. Richard Rado Award for the highest degree in the Departments of Mathematics and Physics.

Research Awards

2016 Australian Institute of Policy and Science South Australia Young Tall Poppy for excellence in early career research and communication of science to the community.

2016 Australian Academy of Science Christopher Heyde Medal for distinguished research in the mathematical sciences.

2013–2015 Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award fellowship.

Recognition of Research

Ten invited seminars given at domestic and international research institutions since 2013.

Participating in the Isaac Newton Institute Programme on Mathematics of Sea Ice Phenomena, University of Cambridge, U.K., 2017.

Montiel et al. (2015) was the Feature Article on SIAM Journal on Applied Maths homepage.

Montiel et al. (2013a,b) featured on the front cover of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics (723).

Led a focus topic on wave-ice interactions at Ice at the Interface workshop, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Colorado, 2012.

Bennetts & Williams (2010) featured on the front cover of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics (662), and was the subject its leading Focus on Fluids article.

Participated in the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences workshop on Mathematical Challenges and Modelling of Hydroelasticity, Edinburgh, 2010.

Funded Research Projects as Chief Investigator

2017–2019 Antarctic Circumnavigation Experiment, Metocean properties of the Sub-Antarctic and Antarctic waters: winds, waves, currents, ice, and their interactions.

2014 Australian Research Council LIEF, A thermally stratified sea ice-wave tank facility.

2013–2015 Group of Eight Australia-Germany Research Cooperation Scheme, A multiscale method for wave propagation through arrays of floating bodies.

2013–2016 Australian Research Council DECRA, Assimilation of ocean wave interactions with sea ice into climate models.

2013 CITEPH (sponsors Total, Saipen, Doris Engineering), A laboratory wave basin model of wave propagation in the marginal ice zone.

2012–2015 Australian Antarctic Science Program, Modelling ocean wave/sea ice interactions: Experimental validation and assimilation into operational models.


  • 36 refereed journal articles (18 Excellence in Research for Australia A-ranked articles, 9 A-ranked articles; 1st author of 16 articles). 22 refereed conference articles.
  • Total citations at 27.06.2016: 507 (Google Scholar); 256 (Web of Science); and 303 (Scopus).
  • H-index at 27.06.2016: 13 (Google Scholar); 10 (Web of Science); and 11 (Scopus).

Research Event Organisation

Member of the KOZWaves (Australasian wave science) Executive Committee, and chief organiser of the KOZWaves 2015 conference, Adelaide.

Founder of the New Zealand Symposium of Sea Ice Research, and chief organiser of the inaugural symposium in Dunedin, Feb 2010.