Environmental Fluid Dynamics


Professor Mathew Wells

Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences

Email address: m.wells@utoronto.ca

Twitter: @EFD_Toronto

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My  research group aims to quantify the mixing in environmental flows, particularly those in large lakes and the coastal ocean where stratification and the Earth’s rotation play a dominant role in the dynamics.

We study such mixing and dispersion in both the field studies and through laboratory studies.

Currently our main areas of research are in the study of turbidity currents, density currents , double diffusive convection, sediment laden convectionrotating turbulence, Coriolis effects, biological fluid coupling, dispersion in environmental flows,  dynamics of internal seiches, surface seiches and under-ice processes in the Great lakes.


Vortices in shear flows

Dispersion of ballast water








Brief CV


2021 -present,  Professor, University of Toronto.

2011 – 2021, Associate Professor, University of Toronto.

2006 – 2011, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto. 

2003 – 2005 Research Associate, Department of Geology, Yale University

2001 – 2002 Post Doctoral Fellow, Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Department of Applied Physics, 
            Eindhoven Technical University, The Netherlands

1997 – 2001 PhD in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Research School of Earth Sciences, 
            Australian National University

1993 – 1996 Bachelor of Science  – First Class Honours 
            Australian National University



2011 Early Researcher Award – Ontario Ministry of Innovation

2011 NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement

2016 NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement