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Professor Andrew Fowler

Andrew Fowler

Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Applied Mathematics



Andrew Fowler graduated from Corpus in 1974 with a first class degree in mathematics, his tutor at that time being the renowned Jim Murray. He continued on to complete a doctoral thesis in 1977 under the supervision of Alan Tayler, on the subject of glacier dynamics. Following this, he held postdoctoral positions at Trinity College Dublin, and then at M.I.T., where he stayed for five years, latterly as Assistant Professor. In 1984, a job came up in Oxford, and, such opportunities being rare, he applied for the lectureship and took it up in 1985, together with a Tutorial Fellowship at Corpus, where he in fact succeeded his former mentor. He remained in post for 22 years, until an unmissable opportunity arose at the University of Limerick where he is now largely based, having taken up the post of Stokes Professor in November 2007, acting as a kind of guru to the newly-formed (and well-funded) Mathematics Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI). Meanwhile he retains links with Oxford, where he still helps run the seminar on Mathematical Geoscience, aand enjoys continuing collaborative research with his colleagues. In Corpus, he has been elected as a Senior Research Fellow, and indeed, he is indulging his release from teaching to advance his research in the way academics dream of. The down side of his advancement is the consequent frequent travel between Ireland and England.

Research interests

Most of Andrew's research lies in the general area of mathematical geoscience. He is an applied mathematician, essentially interested in any scientific problem which commands quantitative explanation. His thesis work on glaciology has led to a lifelong interest in the subject, and over the years this has led to an interest in geophysics, including mantle convection, magma transport, and more recently volcanology. Additionally he has become interested in geomorphology, and has done research on the mechanisms of river formation, drumlin formation, and the spiral canyons on the Martian north polar ice cap. Other than geoscience, he has worked on industrially important problems, such as two-phase flow and alloy solidification, and also on physiological problems, particularly respiration and blood cell diseases. His current concerns include Strombolian volcanic eruptions, drumlin formation, Liesegang rings and layered igneous intrusions. He has recently finished a book on chaos, with his long time collaborator Mark McGuinness. For further information see

Major Publications


Mathematical modelling in the applied sciences. C.U.P., 1997.
Mathematical geoscience. Springer-Verlag, 2011

Recent papers:

Fowler, A.C., P.D. Howell and Tania S. Khaleque 2016 Convection of a fluid with strongly temperature and pressure dependent viscosity. Geophys. Astrophys. Fluid Dyn. 110, 130-165.

Fowler, A.C. and T. Déirdre Hollingsworth 2016 The dynamics of Ascaris lumbricoides infections. Bull. Math. Biol. 78, 815-833.

Fowler, A.C., T.M. Kyrke-Smith and H.F. Winstanley 2016 The development of biofilm architecture. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A472, 20150798.

Fowler, A.C. and Bettina Scheu 2016 A theoretical explanation of grain size distribution in explosive rock fragmentation. Proc. R. Soc. A472, 20150843.

Livingstone, S.J., D. Utting, A. Ruffell, C.D. Clark, S. Pawley, N. Atkinson and A.C. Fowler 2016 Discovery of relict lakes: their geometry and mechanism of drainage. Nature Communications, doi:10.1038/NCOMMS11767.

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