Daniel Ward

Daniel Ward

Email Address: scdrw@leeds.ac.uk

PhD Title: Sedimentation of volcaniclasts from plumes generated by seafloor volcanic eruptions.


I spent three years undertaking my BSc in Mathematics at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands.  For my bachelor thesis I worked under a PhD student, augmenting his research, to attempt to assess and validate a number of turbulence models for Large Eddy Simulation.  I did this by classifying and using relatively simplistic exact solutions to the Navier Stokes equations to satisfy conditions on the models.

Research Interests

When volcanoes on the seafloor erupt, they spew volcanic material into a plume and into the wider ocean.  Where this material goes should provide insight into the volcanic history on the seafloor and climate data throughout Earth's history.  Current knowledge of how seafloor volcanic plumes control the shapes, sizes, and dispersal of volcanic particles is limited.  We mathematically model, numerically investigate, and conduct experimental studies of particle-laden thermal plumes generated during seafloor eruptions to attempt to describe the process of sedimentation of volcaniclasts from thermal plumes generated by volcanic eruptions on the seafloor.

Why I chose the CDT in Fluid Dynamics

I chose to do a combined MSc and PhD at the CDT in Leeds for a number of reasons.  The interdisciplinary approach, having come from a very theoretical degree, means I will be in constant collaboration with other students from varying backgrounds and will help me to develop my understanding of physical problems.  The fact that there is also time included during the MSc to explore my area of interest before choosing my PhD project made picking the CDT at Leeds an easy choice.