Jonny Bolton


I graduated from the University of Leeds in 2017 with a BSc in Mathematical Studies (International), which included a year abroad at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL, USA. I then continued on at Leeds for an MSc in Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics, before taking a year away from academia to work for my church.

Throughout my Undergrad and Master’s, I was exposed to a number of applied mathematics fields, including Fluid Dynamics, which I enjoyed greatly. I was also able to explore electives in Physics, Engineering and Earth Sciences. My Master’s gave me a greater understanding of the field, specific in-depth knowledge of Atmospheric & Oceanic flows, and the nature of research in general.

Research Interests

I am currently keeping an open-mind with regards to my specific research interest. It would not surprise me, given the area of my MSc, that my research takes the form of Environmental/Geophysical flows, but I am certainly not limiting myself to this area currently.

Why I chose the CDT in Fluid Dynamics

I chose this CDT for a number of reasons. Primarily, it gives me the chance to continue to study and research my favourite topic from my time in academia so far and makes having a career in the field entirely possible.

I really like the cross-disciplinary nature of the program, which continues the trend began in my Undergrad (which gave me a greater option of elective modules than the standard BCs Mathematics course) and continued into my Master’s (which was co-taught by Maths and Earth & Environment).

I also like the cohort structure, as starting my life as a Post-Grad Researcher along with 8 other students is far less isolating than other PhDs can be. I am excited to work a grow together with those in my cohort, and keen to stay informed in areas of Fluid Dynamics which aren’t directly related to my own research.

Finally, I love living in Leeds, so joining this CDT which was right on my doorstep was a no brainer!