Chris Howland

Postdoctoral researcher. Physics of environmental fluids.


Meander ME250

University of Twente

7500AE Enschede, NL

I am a fluid dynamicist interested in the fundamental physics at the heart of various environmental and geophysical flows. I use idealised numerical simulations to investigate the roles of buoyancy, phase changes and turbulence on processes in the natural environment.

High performance computing is a vital tool for my research, which also makes me interested in advanced numerical methods and how to deploy them at scale. I have contributed to the development of a number of flow simulation software codes using both pseudospectral and finite difference methods, some of which you can find at the repositories page.

I work as a postdoc in the Physics of Fluids group at the University of Twente, having previously studied for my PhD at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge.

In my spare time you can find me cooking, shaking cocktails, running around a tennis court, or playing cello in an orchestra. More likely, you’ll find me sat on the sofa enjoying some good TV drama.


Nov 4, 2022 My new website is now live! Thanks for checking it out.
Sep 16, 2022 Just finished attending EFMC in Athens - so much inspiring science!

selected publications

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    Double-diffusive transport in multicomponent vertical convection
    Christopher J. HowlandRoberto Verzicco, and Detlef Lohse
    Phys. Rev. Fluids, Jan 2023
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    Boundary layers in turbulent vertical convection at high Prandtl number
    Christopher J. Howland, Chong Shen Ng, Roberto Verzicco, and 1 more author
    J. Fluid Mech., Jan 2022
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    Mixing in Forced Stratified Turbulence and Its Dependence on Large-Scale Forcing
    Christopher J. HowlandJohn R. Taylor, and C. P. Caulfield
    J. Fluid Mech., Sep 2020
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    It’s Harder to Splash on Soft Solids
    Christopher J. Howland, Arnaud Antkowiak, J. Rafael Castrejón-Pita, and 4 more authors
    Phys. Rev. Lett., Oct 2016