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 mean-field anti-dynamo 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.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Ivers, D., Phillips, C. (2018). Effects of anisotropic turbulent thermal diffusion on spherical magnetoconvection in the Earth�s core. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 276, 44-59. [More Information]
  • Phillips, C. (2015). An Improved Representation of Mathematical Modelling for Teaching, Learning and Research. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 23(4), 51-63.
  • Barton, D., Cantrill, L., Law, A., Phillips, C., Sutton, B., Overall, R. (2014). Chilling to zero degrees disrupts pollen formation but not meiotic microtubule arrays in Triticum aestivum L. Plant, Cell and Environment, 37, 2781-2794. [More Information]
  • Phillips, C., Ivers, D. (2014). From isotropic to rapidly rotating anisotropic alpha-squared dynamos. Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, 108(1), 60-82. [More Information]
  • Ivers, D., Phillips, C. (2014). Homogeneous planar and two-dimensional mean-field antidynamo theorems with zero mean flow. Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, 108(6), 716-733. [More Information]
  • Phillips, C. (2013). Vector and scalar spherical harmonic spectral equations for rapidly rotating anisotropic alpha-effect dynamos. Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, 107(6), 640-666. [More Information]
  • Ivers, D., Phillips, C. (2012). Anisotropic turbulent thermal diffusion and thermal convection in a rapidly rotating fluid sphere. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 190-191(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Ivers, D., Phillips, C. (2008). Scalar and Vector Spherical Harmonic Spectral Equations of Rotating Magnetohydrodynamics. Geophysical Journal International, 175, 955-974. [More Information]
  • Phillips, C., Ivers, D. (2005). Spherical Magnetic Instabilities in the Earth's Core and Equatorial Symmetries. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 153(1-3), 83-100. [More Information]
  • Ivers, D., Phillips, C. (2003). A vector spherical harmonic spectral code for linearised magnetohydrodynamics. ANZIAM Journal, 44, C423-C442.
  • Phillips, C., Ivers, D. (2003). Strong field anisotropic diffusion models for the Earth's core. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 140(1-3), 13-28. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Ly, F., Nicholas, J., Phillips, C. (2017). Blended Learning in Mathematics Support. 13th Biennial conference of the Association for Academic Language and Learning, Not applicable: Not applicable.

2018

  • Ivers, D., Phillips, C. (2018). Effects of anisotropic turbulent thermal diffusion on spherical magnetoconvection in the Earth�s core. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 276, 44-59. [More Information]

2017

  • Ly, F., Nicholas, J., Phillips, C. (2017). Blended Learning in Mathematics Support. 13th Biennial conference of the Association for Academic Language and Learning, Not applicable: Not applicable.

2015

  • Phillips, C. (2015). An Improved Representation of Mathematical Modelling for Teaching, Learning and Research. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 23(4), 51-63.

2014

  • Barton, D., Cantrill, L., Law, A., Phillips, C., Sutton, B., Overall, R. (2014). Chilling to zero degrees disrupts pollen formation but not meiotic microtubule arrays in Triticum aestivum L. Plant, Cell and Environment, 37, 2781-2794. [More Information]
  • Phillips, C., Ivers, D. (2014). From isotropic to rapidly rotating anisotropic alpha-squared dynamos. Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, 108(1), 60-82. [More Information]
  • Ivers, D., Phillips, C. (2014). Homogeneous planar and two-dimensional mean-field antidynamo theorems with zero mean flow. Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, 108(6), 716-733. [More Information]

2013

  • Phillips, C. (2013). Vector and scalar spherical harmonic spectral equations for rapidly rotating anisotropic alpha-effect dynamos. Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, 107(6), 640-666. [More Information]

2012

  • Ivers, D., Phillips, C. (2012). Anisotropic turbulent thermal diffusion and thermal convection in a rapidly rotating fluid sphere. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 190-191(1), 1-9. [More Information]

2008

  • Ivers, D., Phillips, C. (2008). Scalar and Vector Spherical Harmonic Spectral Equations of Rotating Magnetohydrodynamics. Geophysical Journal International, 175, 955-974. [More Information]

2005

  • Phillips, C., Ivers, D. (2005). Spherical Magnetic Instabilities in the Earth's Core and Equatorial Symmetries. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 153(1-3), 83-100. [More Information]

2003

  • Ivers, D., Phillips, C. (2003). A vector spherical harmonic spectral code for linearised magnetohydrodynamics. ANZIAM Journal, 44, C423-C442.
  • Phillips, C., Ivers, D. (2003). Strong field anisotropic diffusion models for the Earth's core. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 140(1-3), 13-28. [More Information]

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