Dr James Mark Oliver

Dr James Mark Oliver

Dr James Mark Oliver

D.Phil, MA, MSc, BA

  • University Lecturer in Applied Mathematics
  • Tutorial Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford

eMail: James [dot] Oliver [-at-] maths [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk
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Phone Number(s):

Reception: +44 1865 273525
Direct: +44 1865 283887

Office: S2.09

Departmental Address:

Mathematical Institute
University of Oxford
Andrew Wiles Building
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
Woodstock Road
Oxford
OX2 6GG
United Kingdom

Research Interests: 

Dr Oliver's research is predominantly in fluid dynamics and the application of asymptotic methods to free and moving boundary problems in industry, engineering and biology. Research topics include violent surface motion, thin-film flows, droplet evaporation, cell motility, cellular blebbing and tissue engineering.

Current students/postdocs:

  • Laura Kimpton, Mathematical modelling of self-propelled cell motion on biomaterial surfaces (OCCAM D.Phil student 2009-2012), with Sarah Waters (OCIAM) and Jonathan Whiteley (Computational Biology);
  • Matthew Moore, New mathematical models of splash dynamics in water entry (OCCAM D.Phil student 2010-2013), with Sam Howison (OCIAM) and John Ockendon (OCIAM);
  • Natalie Pearson, Mathematical modelling of cell distribution in hollow fibre membrane bioreactors (OCIAM D.Phil student 2011-2014), with Sarah Waters (OCIAM) and Rebecca Shipley (Mechanical Engineering, UCL);
  • Mohit Dalwadi, Mathematical modelling of flow and transort in a rotating disc bioreactor (OCIAM D.Phil student 2012-2013), with Sarah Waters (OCIAM) and Jon Chapman (OCIAM);
  • Matthew Saxton, Mathematical modelling of droplet evaporation (OCCAM D.Phil student 2012--2015), with Dominic Vella (OCCAM) and Jonathan Whiteley (Computational Biology, Oxford)
  • Dr Thomas Whooley, A new mechanism for motility: the role of the bleb (OCCAM PDRA 2012-2014), with Alain Goriely (OCCAM), Eamonn Gaffney (CMB), Ruth Baker (CMB) and Sarah Waters (OCIAM).
Major/Recent Publications: 
  • M. Taroni, C.J.W. Breward, P.D. Howell, J.M. Oliver, Boundary conditions for free surface inlet and outlet problems, J. Fluid. Mech. (2012) DOI: 10.1017/jfm.2012.275.
  • L.R. Band, J.M. Oliver, S.L. Waters, D.S. Riley, Steady symmetric low-Reynolds-number flow past a film-coated cylinder. Euro. J. Appl. Math. (2012), DOI :10.1017/S0956792512000289.
  • M.R. Moore, S.D. Howison, J.R. Ockendon, J.M. Oliver, Three-dimensional oblique water-entry problems at small deadrise angles. J. Fluid. Mech. (2012) DOI: 10.1017/jfm.2012.391.
  •  M.R. Moore, S.D. Howison, J.R. Ockendon, J.M. Oliver, A note on oblique water-entry,  J. Eng. Math. (2012) 711, p.259-280.
  • L.S. Kimpton, J.P. Whiteley, S.L. Waters, J.R. King, J.M. Oliver, Multiple travelling wave solutions in a minimal model for cell motility, Math. Med. Biol. (2012), DOI: 10.1093/imammb/dqs023.
  • A.L. Hazel, M. Heil, S.L. Waters, J.M. Oliver, On the liquid lining of fluid conveying curved tubes, J. Fluid Mech. (2012), 705, p.213--233.
  • M. Taroni, C.J.W. Breward, P.D. Howell, J.M. Oliver, R.J.S. Young, The screen printing of a power-law fluid, J. Eng. Math. (2012), 73, p.93--119.
Teaching: 

Physical Applied Mathematics.

Departmental stint: MSc Mathematical Modelling Classes (2008-2010), B6a Viscous Flow (2008-2011), C6.3b Applied Complex Variables (2010-2012), C6.3s Perturbation Methods (2012-2014).

College stint: Prelims Introductory Calculus, Geometry, Dynamics, Fourier Series and PDEs, Multivariable Calculus, Applications; Part A Differential Equations.

Further Details: 

Dr Oliver studied for a BA in Mathematics, an MSc in Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Analysis and a DPhil in Applied Mathematics at St Anne's College, Oxford (1994-2001). His postdoc years (2001-2007) were spent in the Division of Applied Mathematics and the Bioengineering Group at the University of Nottingham, where he held an EPSRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Mathematics (2004 - 2007) and a complementary Research Fellowship of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 (2004-2006). He returned to Oxford in 2007 for a University Research Lectureship in Applied Mathematics, and began a University Lectureship in Applied Mathematics in association with Jesus College in 2008.