Dr Fiona Tomkinson
Qualifications: MMath, PhD, FHEA
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:
- Scattered showers, Research Highlight, Nature, 460 (2009) 438.
- How raindrops fall, Nature News, July 20, 2009.
- Falsified research goes unnoticed for over eight years, Nature News Blog, July 15, 2009.
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.