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Dr Graham Hughes

T: +61 2 6125 9957 Research School of Earth Sciences
F: +61 2 6257 2737 The Australian National University
E: Mills Road (Bldg 61)
Room J7.206, Jaeger 7 (Bldg 125) Canberra ACT 0200


My research interests lie broadly in fluid dynamics and more specifically in flows for which buoyancy forces are important, as in many geophysical and environmental contexts. Such flows are often density-stratified and I study fundamental processes including convection, instability and mixing, wave dynamics, and the interaction of the flow with topography. I make use of laboratory experiments and theoretical models to help understand these processes and thus the geophysical flows to which they are relevant.

Areas of current research include horizontal convection (above right) and stratified turbulence in exchange flows (right). 

Horizontal convection photo

Hydraulic exchange photo


  • PHYS3034 (Physics of Fluid Flows)
  • EMSC8004 (Current Topics in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics)

  • These courses run annually in Semester 1
  • Course materials are available online via Wattle