Dr Collin Phillips
Senior Lecturer
F07  Carslaw Building
The University of Sydney
Telephone  +61 2 9351 4225 
Fax  +61 2 9351 5797 

Biographical details
Collin Phillips is a senior lecturer in the Mathematics Learning Centre. He is interested in Astrophysics and Geophysics: in particular the evolution the magnetic fields of the Sun, stars the Earth and planets. His work includes modelling the interaction of the electrically conducting plasma of stars with the rapidly evolving magnetic fields as well as investigating the interaction of the electrically conducting molten outer and inner core of the Earth with the evolving magnetic field of the Earth. This interest informs learning and teaching research into understanding the mathematical modelling process.
Research interests
Research interests include the following:
 The derivation of mathematical theorems which determine geometry and symmetries under which electrically conducting fluids cannot continually sustain magnetic fields especially in turbulent fluid flows.
 Investigating the theory of turbulent fluid flow geometry under the influence of rotation and background magnetic fields.
 Developing theory of the thermodynamics of electrically conducting (turbulent) fluid in rotating frames of reference, and under the influence of magnetic fields.
 Advancing the understanding of the pedagogy of mathematical modelling and developing techniques for addressing the transition from learning and teaching mathematical modelling to true research modelling.
Current projects
 Developing a theory of the thermodynamics of turbulent electrically conducting fluids for application to stars and molten planetary cores.
 Advancing the theory of meanfield antidynamo theory.
 Advancing the theory of geometry and heat transport in turbulent cells in conducting fluids.
 Investigating the effects of turbulent heat transport in conducting fluids on the growth and maintenance of magnetic fields.
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