Dr. Matthew Buckley MMath PhD
Applied Mathematics

Research Interests

Applied Mathematics



Fluid Dynamics


Current Work

    I am currently examining steady and oscillatory localised states, refered to as 'convectons', in magnetoconvection. These states bare some resemblance to umbral dots in the the centre of sunspots. Umbral dots are currently at the limit of resolution of observations with the Hinode solar telescope meaning that there are some inconsistencies in their observations. An understanding of the qualitative properties of convectons could help to better understand the stucture of umbral dots.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Problems class leader for undergraduate studies at Newcastle University (2011).
  • Tutorial leader for undergraduate studies at Newcastle University (2012).
  • Assignment marker for undergraduate studies at Newcastle University (2008-Present).
  • Postgraduate representative in the school of mathematics (2010-Present).
  • Seminar organiser for the applied mathematics internal seminar series (AMISS) (2010-Present).
  • Captain of the postgraduate mathematics and statistics football team (2010).
  • Member of the intermural mathematics and statistics football team (2006-Present).


Conferences and Meetings Attended

  • Attending. Double Diffusive Systems, University of California, 25th-29th August 2012.
  • UK MHD, University of Sheffield, 24th-25th May 2012.
  • UK MHD, University College London, 16th-17th June 2011.
  • PANDA, Bath University, 10th June 2011.
  • Workshop on Convection, Magnetoconvection and Dynamo Theory: Cargese, Corsica, 20th-25th September 2010.
  • UK MHD, Leeds University, 20th-21st May 2010.
  • Nordita Winter School on Dynamos, Stockholm, Sweden, 11th-22nd January 2010.
  • STFC Summer School, University College London, 14th-18th September 2009.


  • IMA Small Grant Application for conference travel 2012.
  • STFC award for the best student talk at the UKMHD conference 2011.
  • Outstanding performance in the final year of the MMath Honours Degree 2009.


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