Dr Fiona Tomkinson

Teaching Fellow

Qualifications: MMath, PhD, FHEA


Further information

Teaching and Lecturing

My Lecturing Responsibilities, over the years at the University of Surrey, have been to run, lecture and examine the following undergraduate modules:

  • Advanced Statistical Methods (Year 3 / FHEQ Level 6)
  • Mathematical Economics (Year 3 / FHEQ Level 6)
  • Mathematics (Year 1 / FHEQ Level 4 Service Module for Non-mathematicians)
  • Numerical and Computational Methods (Year 2 / FHEQ Level 5)
  • Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations (Year 3 / FHEQ Level 6)
  • Operations Research and Optimization (Year 2 / FHEQ Level 5)
  • Probability and Statistics (Year 1 / FHEQ Level 4); Probability and Statistics 2 (Year 1 / FHEQ Level 4)
  • Statistical Methods with Financial Applications (Year 3 / FHEQ Level 6)
  • Theory of Water Waves (Year M / FHEQ Level 7)

Other teaching duties have included the following:

  • Supervisor for MMath and BSc Final Year Projects
  • Examiner for MMath and BSc Final Year Projects and BSc Literature Reviews
  • Postgraduate Research Trainer

Additionally, I provide pastoral care for both personal tutees and non-tutees in need of support.

Research and Science Communication Highlights

Currently, I have 13 published papers in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and the Journal of Mathematical Physics as well as the ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering and the Journal of Theoretical Biology.

Also, I have dabbled with science communication - see my article for the News Team at the journal Nature, my Research Highlight in Nature and one of my articles on Nature News Blog:

My research interests include the following:

Multisymplectic systems theory; wave motion, interactions and stability; application of multisymplectic theory to optics, oceanography and biology; physiological fluid mechanics; application of KAM (Kolmogorov-Arnold-Moser) theory to constrained/cavity flows; modelling particle transport in pulmonary structures; application of stochastic calculus, stochastic differential equations and statistical methods.

Professional Activities and Visibility have included being a Publication Referee for the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, European Journal of Mechanics B/Fluids and ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering as well as giving Invited Talks, Contributed Talks and Posters in the UK, Europe and the USA.

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