Luke Bennetts

Dr Luke Bennetts

ARC Ext-Funded Rsch Fellow (D)

School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I am an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and an Associate Professor in the School of Mathematical SciencesUniversity of Adelaide. The School is one of Australia’s top maths schools, designated well above world standard in all areas of mathematics and statistics in the most recent ARC Excellence in Research for Australia assessment. 

My research interests are broadly in the Mathematics of Climate Science and Wave Science, using continuum mechanics and approximation methods, backed by data from laboratory experiments and field observations. Find some recent research highlights below.

Research news:

Recent research highlights:

Bennetts2022
Dynamic strain on the Ross Ice Shelf forced by a swell (Bennetts et al, 2022, Geophysical Research Letters).
Pitt2022
Extent of wave overwash of ice floes (Pitt et al, 2022, Journal of Geophysical Research).
Alberello2022
Three-dimensional imaging of waves in the marginal ice zone from a moving icebreaker (Alberello et al, 2022, Nature Communications).

 

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2020 - ongoing Associate Professor in Applied Mathematics University of Adelaide
    2015 - 2019 Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2014 Lecturer in Applied Mathematics University of Adelaide
    2007 - 2011 Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Otago
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2023 Fellowship Clare Hall, University of Cambridge lifetime Visiting Fellowship University of Cambridge United Kingdom -
    2021 Award Gavin Brown Best Paper Prize Australian Mathematical Society Australia -
    2020 Award Australian Mathematical Society Medal Australian Mathematical Society Australia -
    2020 Fellowship Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Germany -
    2020 Fellowship Future Fellowship Australian Research Council Australia 884,063
    2017 Fellowship Simons Foundation Fellowship Simons Foundation United States -
    2016 Award South Australia Young Tall Poppy Australian Institute of Policy and Science Australia -
    2016 Award Christopher Heyde Medal Australian Academy of Sciences Australia -
    2013 Fellowship Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Australian Research Council Australia 375,000
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Reading United Kingdom PhD Applied Mathematics
    University of Reading United Kingdom MSc Numerical Solutions of Differential Equations
    University of Reading United Kingdom BSc (Hons) Mathematics
  • Research Interests

2022 Australian Research Council LIEF, An autonomous sea state monitoring system for Australia’s research fleet.

2021–2025 Australian Research Council Linkage Project, Building Australia’s next-generation ocean-sea ice model.

*2020–2023 Australian Research Council Discovery Project, Empowering next-generation sea-ice models with wave–ice mathematics.

*2020–2024 Australian Research Council FT, Integrating rifts and swell in the mathematics of ice shelf disintegration.

*2020–2024 Australian Antarctic Science Program, A susceptibility index for ice shelf disintegration due to sea ice loss and swell impacts.

2020–2022 Australian Research Council: Linkage Project, Controlling coastlines while generating power.

2019–2022 Australia–China Joint Research Centre on Marine Renewable Energy.

*2017–2019 DST Research Agreement, Acoustic metamaterials for effective vibro-isolation.

*2017–2020 Australian Antarctic Science Program, Drift of the Antarctic ice edge.

2017–2019 Antarctic Circumnavigation Experiment, Metocean properties of the Sub-Antarctic and Antarctic waters: winds, waves, currents, ice, and their interactions.

2014 Australian Research Council LIEF, A thermally stratified sea ice-wave tank facility.

*2013–2015 Group of Eight Australia-Germany Research Cooperation Scheme, A multiscale method for wave propagation through arrays of floating bodies.

*2013–2016 Australian Research Council DECRA, Assimilation of ocean wave interactions with sea ice into climate models.

2013 CITEPH (sponsors Total, Saipen, Doris Engineering), A laboratory wave basin model of wave propagation in the marginal ice zone.

*2012–2015 Australian Antarctic Science Program, Modelling ocean wave/sea ice interactions: Experimental validation and assimilation into operational models.

*Lead CI

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 Principal Supervisor Mathematical Theory of Controlling Coastlines While Generating Power Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Amy-Rose Westcott
    2022 Co-Supervisor Statics and Dynamics of Nanostructures Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Aiesha Holly Baldry
    2021 Principal Supervisor Predicting ice-shelf disintegration using mathematical models Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jie Liang
    2021 Principal Supervisor Modelling the marginal ice zone Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Noah Shepherd Day
    2020 Co-Supervisor Flow control in rough wall turbulence Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jiahao Kong
    2020 Principal Supervisor Investigation of the Hydrodynamic Performance of Hybrid Wind and Wave Energy Converters Arrays Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Raphael Alwan
    2020 Principal Supervisor A susceptibility index for catastrophic disintegration of Antarctic ice shelves Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Nathan Teder
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Mathematical modelling of overwash on low freeboard bodies by water waves Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time David Matthew Skene
    2013 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Modelling the Wave-Induced Collisions of Ice Floes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Lucas Yiew
  • Position: ARC Ext-Funded Rsch Fellow (D)
  • Phone: 83133143
  • Email: luke.bennetts@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83133696
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ingkarni Wardli, floor 7
  • Org Unit: Mathematical Sciences

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