Professional & Academic Record

2020–2024 Australian Research Council Future Fellow, University of Adelaide, Australia.

2020– Associate Professor, School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Adelaide.

2015–2019 Senior Lecturer, School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Adelaide.

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

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

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

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

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

2002–2003 MSc Applied Mathematics, Distinction, University of Reading.

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

Research Expertise

Antarctic science
Advancing understanding and modelling of storm wave activity in the sea-ice-covered ocean, and wave-induced breakup of the ice cover; developing  ice-shelf-vibration models to predict disintegration events.

Ocean wave energy harvesting
Wave propagation through wave-energy converter farms; designing offshore structure for amplifying wave energy at selected locations.

Acoustic metamaterials
Developing acoustic metamaterials for use as vibration-isolation systems on maritime vessels.

Research Awards

2023 ANZIAM EO Tuck Medal

2023 Clare Hall, University of Cambridge lifetime Visiting Fellowship

2021 AustMS Gavin Brown Best Paper Prize

2020 Australian Mathematical Society Medal

2020–2021 Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers

2020–2024 Australian Research Council Future Fellow.

2017 Simons Fellowship, Issac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK.

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.

Funded Research Projects as Chief Investigator

2022 Australian Research Council LIEF, An autonomous sea state monitoring system for Australia’s research fleet.

2021–2025 Australian Research Council Linkage Project, Building Australia’s next-generation ocean-sea ice model.

*2020–2023 Australian Research Council Discovery Project, Empowering next-generation sea-ice models with wave–ice mathematics.

*2020–2024 Australian Research Council FT, Integrating rifts and swell in the mathematics of ice shelf disintegration.

*2020–2024 Australian Antarctic Science Program, A susceptibility index for ice shelf disintegration due to sea ice loss and swell impacts.

2020–2022 Australian Research Council: Linkage Project, Controlling coastlines while generating power.

2019–2022 Australia–China Joint Research Centre on Marine Renewable Energy.

*2017–2019 DST Research Agreement, Acoustic metamaterials for effective vibro-isolation.

*2017–2020 Australian Antarctic Science Program, Drift of the Antarctic ice edge.

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.

*Lead CI

Publication Metrics @ Dec 2021

  • 67 refereed journal articles (34 Excellence in Research for Australia A*-ranked articles).
  • Total citations: 2426 (Google Scholar); 1707 (Scopus).
  • H-index: 30 (Google Scholar); 26 (Scopus).

Additional Research Roles

2022–2023 ANZIAM Executive Ordinary Member for South Australia

2018–2020 Australian Mathematical Society Early Career Representative.

2015– Chair of KOZWaves (Australasian wave science) Executive Committee.

2016–2017 Managing Guest Editor of Wave Motion Special Issue on Advances on Waves in Fluids and Solids.

2010 Chief organiser of the inaugural New Zealand Symposium of Sea Ice Research.

Media and Outreach

2022 The Conversation article Scientists are divining the future of Earth’s ice-covered oceans at their harsh fringes

2021 University of Adelaide: Turning the tide on climate modelling

2021 Australian Mathematical Society Representative at Science meets Parliament

2019 Careers with STEM: Mathematics magazine features an article on my research.

2018 Outreach talks given at National Science Week event and Tonsley Innovation District.

2018  The Conversation article Ocean waves and lack of sea ice can trigger Antarctic ice shelves to disintegrate.

2017 The Conversation article Listen up: a plan to help scientists get their research heard by decision-makers.

2016 Participant in Australian Academy of Science Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank, and co-authored a recommendations report.