Tom Eaves, PhD

Me From September 2016 I have been working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Mathematics Department at the University of British Columbia, working with Prof. Neil Balmforth and Prof. Mark Martinez. I am primarily looking at the mathematical fluid dynamics in the pulp and paper industry, but am also persuing a number of directions in my research interests listed below.

I completed my PhD research in June 2016 as a SIMS Scholar at St John's College, University of Cambridge, working with Prof. Colm Caulfield in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. My PhD research focussed on the dynamics of stratified shear flow instabilities and minimal seeds for turbulence in stratified plane Couette flow. I investigated transition to turbulence in stratified shear flows from a dynamical systems viewpoint, and how the coherent structures in such flows change with the strength of stratification. My thesis is entitled "Generalised nonlinear stability analysis of stratified shear flows: adjoint-based optimisation, Koopman modes, and reduced models".

My CV can be found here.


I taught MATH 256 (Section 202) in the second session of the Winter Term in 2016 and 2017. Last year's course website can be found here.

In Cambridge I supervised undergraduate students in the following courses:

In addition to supervising undergraduate students in the above courses, I also gave examples classes for IB Methods as a college teaching assistant at St John's College, University of Cambridge.

Research Interests

My research to date has focussed on the fluid dynamics of the pulp and paper industry and on the dynamical systems viewpoint of fluid flows. In particular, my current interests include:


  1. Paterson, D, Eaves, T. S., Hewitt, D. R., Balmforth, N. J. and Martinez, D. M., Flow-driven compaction of a fibrous porous medium, under review, Phys. Rev. Fluids (2018).

  2. Eaves, T. S. and Balmforth, N. J., Instability of sheared density interfaces, under review, J. Fluid Mech. (2018).

  3. Ponetti, G., Balmforth, N. J. and Eaves, T. S., Instabilities in a staircase stratified shear flow, Geophys. Astrophys. Fluid Dyn. 112, 1-19 (2018).

  4. Eaves, T. S. and Caulfield, C. P., Multiple instability of layered stratified plane Couette flow, J. Fluid Mech. 813, 250-278 (2017).

  5. Eaves, T. S. and Balmforth, N. J., Noisy homoclinic pulse dynamics, Chaos 26, 043104 (2016).

  6. Eaves, T. S. and Caulfield, C. P., Disruption of SSP/VWI states by a stable stratification, J. Fluid Mech. 784, 548-564 (2015).

  7. Brun, P.-T., Audoly, B., Ribe, N. M., Eaves, T. S. and Lister, J. R., Liquid ropes: A geometrical model for thin viscous jet instabilities, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 174501 (2015).


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