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Bruce Sutherland

Bruce Sutherland, PhD



Earth and Atmospheric Sciences | Physics

About Me


  • BMath (1983-1987), Applied and Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo
  • MSc Physics (1987-1988), Dept Physics, University of Toronto
  • PhD Physics (1988-1994), Dept Physics, University of Toronto
  • Research Associate (1995-1997), Dept Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics, U. Cambridge
  • Asst/Assoc/Full Professor (1997-2007), Dept Mathematical & Statistical Sciences, U. Alberta
  • Professor (2007-), Dept of Physics and of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, U. Alberta

Other Positions

  • Director (2012-2018), Institute for Geophysical Research, U. Alberta
  • Associate Editor (2014-2016), Physics of Fluids
  • Editorial Committee Member (2015-), Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics
  • Associate Editor (2016-), Physical Review Fluids


  • McCalla Research Professorship (2006-2007)
  • Killam Annual Professor (2010-2011)
  • Gledden Visiting Senior Fellowship (2012)
  • Churchill Overseas Fellowship (2012)
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (elected 2016)



  • atmospheric, oceanic and environmental fluid dynamics
  • stratified flows, internal waves, plumes and gravity currents
  • particle-bearing and particle-laden flows


  • laboratory experiments, numerical simulations and mathematical theory

Climatological and Industrial Applications

  • clear-air turbulence by breaking atmospheric waves
  • spread of ash from volcanic explosions
  • resuspension and transport of particulates by shoaling internal waves with impact upon off-shore oil and marine biology