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Scientia Professor Trevor McDougall

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       PhD student opportunities 

There are some opportunities in my group to undertake a PhD in the field of ocean mixing and climate.   PhD thesis topics include 

 (a) Deriving new ways of constructing approximately neutral surfaces using both observed ocean data and also using data from ocean models.  Ocean mixing along these surfaces occurs at the rate of 100 million times faster than the very weak vertical mixing processes that diffuse...view more

       PhD student opportunities 

There are some opportunities in my group to undertake a PhD in the field of ocean mixing and climate.   PhD thesis topics include 

 (a) Deriving new ways of constructing approximately neutral surfaces using both observed ocean data and also using data from ocean models.  Ocean mixing along these surfaces occurs at the rate of 100 million times faster than the very weak vertical mixing processes that diffuse heat and salt through the surfaces.  Hence it is important to be able to define and construct these surfaces, and there is an unmet thirst for this ability in the oceanographic community.  

 (b) Using inverse models, deduce the intensity of ocean mixing processes, and also the mean velocities in the ocean.  Mixing processes operate on small spatial scales so that they need to be explicitly included in ocean and climate models as parametrisations.  The aim of this PhD project is to deduce the strength of these mixing processes by using inverse models based on what we do know about the state of the ocean from observations.  

 

       Trevor J McDougall's CV follows

Degrees                 

-         1st class Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide, Feb 1970 – Dec1973

-         Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, at St. John’s College, University of Cambridge, Oct 1974 – May 1978

-         Graduate Diploma in Economics (with merit), Australian National University, part-time, Feb 1981 – Jun 1982 

 

Prizes, Awards, Honours, Fellowships

Awarded a Laureate Professorial Fellowship by the Australian Research Council, funding 5 years of research with 3 postdoctoral fellows, May 2016 – 2021

Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 2015. 

Jaeger Medal 2015, awarded by the Australian Academy of Science for outstanding investigations into the solid earth or its oceans

Royal Society of Tasmania Medal 2013, awarded by the Royal Society of Tasmania for substantial original research in the natural sciences.  

Elected a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK), 2012

Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, 2012

Prince Albert I Medal and Prince Albert I Memorial Lecture, July 2011.  This medal was established by the International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans (IAPSO) in 2001 and is awarded every second year for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the physical and/or chemical sciences of the ocean.

Anton Bruun Medal and Anton Bruun Memorial Lecture, awarded by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, Paris, Jun 2009

Appointed CSIRO Fellow, Jan 2007

A. G. Huntsman Award for Excellence in Marine Science, awarded by the Bedford Institution of Oceanography for “Outstanding Scholarship that has had a Major Influence on the Development of Marine Scientific Thought”, 2005.  (This was the seventh time the Huntsman Medal had been awarded to a physical oceanographer since the Medal’s inception in 1980.)

Elected an inaugural AMOS Fellow (Fellow of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society), 2004.  There are currently 12 AMOS Fellows in Australia. 

Centenary Medal for “Service to Australian Society and Science in Marine Science”, awarded by the Governor-General of Australia, Feb 2003

M. R. Banks Medal, awarded by the Royal Society of Tasmania to honour outstanding academic achievement by a mid-career scientist, 1998

Elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, 1997

Humboldt Research Prize, given by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for fully-funded sabbatical visits by senior academics; taken up at the University of Kiel, May – Nov 1997

David Rivett Medal, awarded every 4 years for “Outstanding Research in the Physical Sciences by a CSIRO Scientist who is less than 40 years old”, awarded 1992

Frederick White Prize, awarded by the Australian Academy of Science for “Research Excellence in the Natural Sciences”, 1988

Queen's Fellowship in Marine Science, held at the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University, 1978-1980

J. T. Knight Prize, 1975, awarded by the University of Cambridge for research completed in the first year of a Ph.D. student's candidature

South Australian Engineering Design Award, 1975; awarded to Gary L. Brown and Trevor J. McDougall by the Australian Institution of Engineers, for a high-speed data acquisition system using TTL logic.

 

Editorial positions

  • Associate Editor of the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 2013 – 2014
  • Advisory Board member, Ocean Science, published by the European Geophysical Union, May 2009 – present
  • Associate Editor, Ocean Science, published by the European Geophysical Union, Sep 2004 – May 2009
  • Associate Editor, Deep-Sea Research, responsible for papers on theoretical oceanography and oceanic modelling; Oct 1988 –  May 1993

 

TEOS-10 website for seawater papers and computer software

     Trevor McDougall and Paul Barker created and maintain the www.TEOS-10.org web site which describes the new thermodynamic properties of seawater, ice and humid air.  This web site has had ~56,000 unique visits and ~10,900 unique downloads of the TEOS-10 computer software between October 2010 and September 2017. 


My Expertise

Oceanic processes (excl. climate related), physical oceanography.

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Location

The School of Mathematics and Statistics
University of New South Wales
SYDNEY NSW 2052
The Red Centre (Centre Wing)
Room 4071

Contact

9385 3498
9385 7123