John Wettlaufer (Alan M. Bateman Professor of Geophysics, Mathematics, and Physics)

My background is in statistical physics and has evolved over the years into a hybrid between condensed matter theory and experiment, materials physics, and applied mathematics with applications focusing on environmental, astro/bio/geophysical and technological problems. I am interested in macroscopic nature of turbulence and the microscopic nature of melting and many things between.

I teach courses in classical statistical thermodynamics, environmental physics, theory of viscous flow, partial differential equations, asymptotic methods and introductory climate science.

I am an alpinist, ice and rock climber and mountain biker.

Some recent undergraduates are:

Rachel Berkowitz was a physics undergraduate who did her senior thesis on mixing in gravity currents as a diversion from her cycling activities.  She finished her PhD this year in environmental fluid mechanics at the University of Cambridge, is a regular contributor to Physics Today and is now at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Roxanne Carini is was an applied mathematics major who did her senior thesis on the patterns that form when suspensions dry and why and under what conditions they fracture.  In the fall of 2011 she began a PhD in engineering at the University of Washington. 

Tony Fragoso graduated in physics and mathematics in 2013 studying pattern formation in icicles and is now at Caltech doing a PhD in engineering. 

Becca Jackson was a physics senior who did her thesis on turbulence in gravity currents when she was not sailing.  In the fall of 2010 she went to graduate school in physical oceanography in the MIT/WHOI joint program.

Qiwei Claire Xue was an undergraduate applied mathematician and physicist working on double diffusive processes associated with the directional solidification of ammonium-chloride mushy layers.  In the fall of 2014 she will begin a PhD in Economics at Stanford. 

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