Pattern Formation in the Geosciences
Our group studies complex fluids and complex solids – materials that consist of more than one phase of matter, mixed together (i.e. things like paint drying and mud cracking). This work covers a diverse range of topics and questions, but is generally held together by a few simple themes:
(i) connecting the microscopic structure of such materials to their macroscopic properties,
(ii) understanding mechanical instabilities (e.g. fractures, buckling, wrinkling), and
(iii) applying these results in a broad, interdisciplinary way (e.g. geophysical patterns).