About Me



Contact information

Mailing address: SOE2, Baskin School of Engineering, UC Santa Cruz, 1156 High Street, CA-95064 Santa Cruz.

Office: Baskin Engineering room 353A

Telephone: 831-459-1055. Fax: 831-459-4829

Email: pgaraud at soe dot ucsc dot edu



Present occupation

I am a Full Professor in the department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at the Baskin Shool of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz. My main research interests are in fluid dynamics and magnetohydrodynamics applied to astrophysics and occasionally geophysics. I specialize in semi-analytical work, using a combination of "pen-and-paper" calculations with moderate-size numerical computations. I also collaborate with researchers specialized in high-performance computing of fluid dynamical phenomena and help in the interpretation of the numerical results. I am a member of the Fluid Dynamics Group of UCSC, and of the Theoretical Astrophysics at Santa Cruz (TASC) research unit.


My main research interests at the moment are:

  • Large-scale magnetohydrodynamics of the solar interior
  • Modeling large-scale flows in stellar interior
  • Modeling turbulent convection
  • Understanding the properties of fingering convection, with applications to oceanography and astrophysics
  • Understanding the properties of double-diffusive convection, with applications to astrophysics
  • Modeling the dynamics of dust particles in proto-stellar disks

See my research page for detail.


I teach a number of classes in Applied Mathematics from the introductory undergraduate level to the advanced graduate level. See the "Teaching" section of my web-site. This year (2014-2015), I will be teaching:

  • Spring quarter: AMS 212B, Applied Mathematical Methods II: Asymptotic methods

In addition, I alternate teaching the graduate seminar class on Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics (AMS 280C) with Nic Brummell and Dongwook Lee.

Graduate students & Postdoctoral Researchers

I currently have one MS student (plus one visiting from France), 5 graduate students and one postdoctoral researcher :

  • Logithan Rajah (MS student in Toulouse) on "Shear instabilities at low Peclet numbers"
  • Aya Furutani (MS student) on "Shear instabilities in stellar astrophysics"
  • Yuaran Zhu (1st year AMS graduate student) on "Double-diffusive sedimentation in giant planets"
  • JoFawna Reali (2nd year AMS graduate student) on "Double-diffusive sedimentation in geophysics"
  • Lydia Korre (2nd year AMS graduate student, co-advised with Nic Brummell) on "The solar tachocline"
  • Ryan Moll (4th year AMS graduate student) on "Diffusive convection"
  • Justin Brown (4th year Astro graduate student, partly advised with Stan Woosley) on "Fingering convection"
  • Kevin Moore (postdoctoral researcher) on various aspects of Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics and stellar evolution

I am currently looking to hire one or two graduate students starting in the Fall 2015. Please see the information for prospective graduate students for more detail. If you are a postdoctoral researcher with your own funding, and interested in working with me PLEASE call anytime!

Current administrative & synergestic positions




I completed my undergraduate studies in Mathematics and Physics at the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, in 1996. I then decided to study abroad for a year and was awarded a Knox Scholarship by Trinity College to take part in the gruelling Part III of the Mathematical Tripos in Cambridge (UK).

I chose to stay in Cambridge for my PhD, and was awarded an Isaac Newton Studentship to study "The dynamics of the solar tachocline" with Prof. D. O. Gough (Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge) and Prof. N. O. Weiss (Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Cambridge). I completed my PhD in 2001, and stayed in Cambridge for my post-doc for another 4 years, funded by fellowships from New Hall (now Murray-Edwards college) and the Particle Physics and Astrophysics Research Council (PPARC). During my PPARC fellowship I had the opportunity to apply for a position at UCSC, and was delighted to be offered the job.




I am currently funded by a number of rants:

  • NSF AST-0847477: CAREER: Evolution of magnetized stars. PI: P. Garaud. Dates: 08/01/2009 - 07/31/2014
  • NSF AST-1211394: Thermocompositional convection in the interior of giant planets PI: P. Garaud. Dates: 09/01/12 - 08/31/15
  • NSF CBET-1437275: COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: Double-diffusive sedimentation PI: P. Garaud. Dates: 08/01/14-07/31/17
  • NSF AST-1412951: Fingering convection: Enhanced mixing and the emergence of large-scale structures . PI: P. Garaud. Dates: 09/15/14-08/31/17
  • NASA NNX14AG08G: Simulations of angular momentum transport and magnetic flux transport in the solar interior . PI: P. Garaud. Dates: 04/01/14-03/30/17.