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The Australian National University

Dr Ross Kerr

BSc(Hons) Qld, PhD Camb, FAIP
Senior Fellow
ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Geophysical Fluid Dynamics 040403
  • Fluid Physics 020303
  • Volcanology 040314

Research interests

Geological and environmental fluid mechanics: experimental and theoretical studies in fluid mechanics, and their application to the earth.

Physical processes of interest include: thermal, compositional and multi-component convection; melting, dissolving and crystallization; porous media flow; turbulent plumes and fountains; convective mixing; and sedimentation.

Biography

Academic Education and Qualifications

B.Sc. (Hons.): First Class Honours in Physics and University Medal, The University of Queensland, 1980.

Ph.D.: Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, 1984.

Employment History

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physical Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts, USA, 1985.

Research Fellow, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, 1986-89.

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Group, Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University. (Research Fellow 1989-96; Fellow 1996-2001; Senior Fellow 2001-)

Professional Society Activities

I am a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics (since 2001), a member of the American Geophysical Union (since 1985), and a member of the Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society.

Awards

Research Fellowship, The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, 1986-1987.

Gulbenkian Junior Research Fellowship, Churchill College, Cambridge, 1986-1989.

Australian Research Council Fellowship, 1993-1998.

Current student projects

J. Robertson: The dynamics of solidifying lava flows with a Bingham yield strength rhelogy.

Past student projects

Supervised ANU PhD students

A. Lyman: The emplacement of channelized lava flows.

L. Bloomfield: The dynamics of turbulent fountains in homogeneous and stratified fluids.

A.M. Jellinek: Mixing by natural convection, with applications to the differentiation of magmas, the Earth's core, and the mantle.

A. Wong: Stratification and circulation produced by turbulent plumes.

Publications

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