General Information

Full Name Christopher James Howland
Languages English (native), Dutch (CEFR Level B1)


  • 2020 -
    Postdoctoral Researcher
    Physics of Fluids Group, University of Twente
    • Using high resolution numerical simulations to study the effect of turbulent convection at ice-water interfaces.
    • Implemented a new phase-field model coupled to a multiple-resolution method for efficient simulation of melting objects in flow.
    • Adapted immersed boundary method for pore-scale simulations of buoyancy-driven flows.
    • Twice obtained 30 million CPU hours of computational time for the Physics of Fluids group on the Dutch national supercomputer.
  • 2018
    GFD Fellow
    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
    • Performed laboratory experiments and image analysis during a seven week research project on turbulent plumes in rotating environments.
    • Selected for one of 10 fully funded fellowships.
  • 2015
    Summer Research Intern
    University of Oxford
    • Performed experiments using a high speed camera to investigate the dynamics of liquid drops impacting soft solid surfaces.
    • Awarded funding from UK Research Council EPSRC for the project.


  • 2020
    DAMTP, University of Cambridge
    • Thesis: Energetics and mixing in stratified turbulent flows
    • Performed idealised numerical simulations of stratified turbulent flows to improve the understanding of vertical scalar transport in the ocean interior.
    • Presented work at national and international conferences including
      • APS Division of Fluid Dynamics Annual Meeting;
      • AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting;
      • European Turbulence Conference.
    • Contributed to the development of Diablo DNS code, including expanded HDF5 integration and Python post-processing scripts.
    • Awarded teaching prizes from Pembroke College for excellent student feedback.
  • 2016
    Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
    • Dissertation: Modelling Turbulent Flow Using Large Eddy Simulation
    • Double First Class Honours.
    • IMA Prize for Third Year Exams.

Academic Interests

  • Convection and phase changes
    • Buoyancy at the pore scale
    • Shape effects in melting flows
    • Convection at ice-ocean interfaces
  • Stratified flows
    • Internal wave-driven ocean mixing
    • Stratified turbulence
    • Nonlinear effects in shear instabilities