Courges jouant au squash
Toronto - Brest
Institut für Atmosphäre und Umwelt
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main
Telephone: +49 (0)69 798 40238
Fax: +49 (0)69 798 40262
In 2005, I completed my Ph.D. degree in atmospheric physics at the
University of Toronto under the
supervision of Professor
T. G. Shepherd. Here is a
picture of our research group in Toronto as of November of 2001.
My thesis was on
. The main result is a derivation of
conditions for the stability of east-west flows in the equatorial
atmosphere. Click on the title to see/download a .pdf version. Equatorial
Below are some slideshows from talks and a poster
about my work. The
Seminar is the weekly Friday lunchtime seminar in the Atmospheric
Physics group at the University of Toronto, and "Group Meeting" refers to
a talk given to our research group. Please understand that some of the
below are rough and not designed to stand without further explanation.
Slides from 2000 Brewer
Poster (and here) from 13th
Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics (June, 2001)
Talk given in the
applied mathematics department at the University of Alberta in
Edmonton (August, 2001)
Talk (without images -
sorry) from GCC
Slides from 2002 Brewer
Abstract and slides from
contributed presentation at the joint
CAIMS/ SIAM annual meeting in
Montreal (June, 2003)
Group Meeting from
Slides from 2004 Brewer
Group Meeting from
Talk from GCC
Group Meeting from
Slides from 2005 Brewer
Subsequently, I was a postdoc at IFREMER near Brest, France.
Slides from talks at Université
de Bretagne Occidentale and from a group discussion at IFREMER (October, 2005).
Slides from a short talk on Yanai
wave instability at LMD in Paris (November, 2006).
Slides from talks at the 16th
AMS Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics in Santa Fe,
New Mexico (June, 2007) and at IUGG in
Perugia, Italy (July, 2007).
Slides from a talk at the
on Turbulent Theory and
Modeling (February, 2008).
Slides from a talk on oceanic
jets at IFREMER (March, 2008).
As of July 2008, I am working at the Goethe
is my page at the Institut für Atmosphäre und Umwelt, including
a list of publications.
Slides from a talk at IAU on
Poster on breaking gravity waves
presented at 17th AMS Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid
Dynamics in Stowe, Vermont (June, 2009)
Being a graduate student afforded me the opportunity to travel to
interesting places to learn interesting things and meet interesting
In August, 1999, I attended the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical
School in Fluid Dynamics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. I
forgot to bring my camera, so I don't have any pictures of that trip,
in September of 2000, I participated in the 10th annual Summer School in Geophysical
and Environmental Fluid Dynamics at the University of Cambridge in
are some pictures from that trip, and
in June of 2001, I attended the 13th
Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics in picturesque
Breckenridge, Colorado, USA. I presented a poster about my work (what do you
mean you can't read it? Try this,
but it's got a few typos and things).
In September of 2001, I attended the Summer
School on the Physics of the Equatorial Atmosphere at the International Centre for Theoretical
Physics in Trieste, Italy. Here
are some photos from my trip to Italy.
In June of 2003, I attended the joint CAIMS/ SIAM annual meeting in
Montreal. I don't have any pictures, but here is the abstract and here are the slides from a 12-minute
contributed presentation on Taylor-Couette instability that I gave on
the first day of the conference.
In August of 2003, I attended the Summer
School on Global Chemistry and Climate of the Troposphere and Lower
Stratosphere in Montreal.
Another GCC summer school, this time on
Process Studies of Atmospheric Dynamics and Chemistry by Comparison of
Models and Measurements in Banff, AB. Here are some
From 2002-2004, I worked as the tutor for
. In Spring 2004, I was also the tutor for
- "Classical Mechanics" . PHY460S
- "Nonlinear Physics"
In 2000-2001, I worked as a tutor for
. If you were in my group (WB3,
Wednesdays 1pm), click PHY138
"Physics for the Life Sciences" here for
information, announcements, and some other things.
If you were in one of my first year undergraduate physics lab groups in
a previous year and feel nostalgic, click
information, announcements, and some other things. I might even have
one of your uncollected assignments.
Despite a singular dedication to my work (stop laughing), I try to make
time for other pursuits. I like
the figure skating tree on the right), playing association football
('soccer) and ball hockey, and writing
amateurish computer games.
I'm teaching myself to play the classical guitar. Here are some
novels I've enjoyed.
You know what else is fun?
Hockey. A private league with a live draft is the format of choice
if you can manage it.
During the NHL Playoffs, I run a
PICK'EM competition, and also one during the 2006 World Cup.
Strictly for fun of course.
Fawlty Towers Trivia
1. What was the surname of the family that
cancelled its reservation on Gourmet Night?
Basil: What!? All
Sybil: Marvellous, isn't
Basil: Aagh! What did they
Sybil: One of them's
Basil: Well, let's
hope it's nothing trivial.
2. According to Mrs. Hamilton,
which is Harold Robbins' best novel?
Sybil: But seriously though,
his men are all so interesting. Ruthless and sexy and
Basil: Who's this, then,
dear? Proust? E. M. Forster?
Basil: Oh, of course, yes.
My wife likes Harold Robbins. After a hard day's slaving under the
hair-dryer she needs to unwind with a few aimless
Basil: Have you ever read
any? It really is the most awful American ... well, not America, but
trans-Atlantic tripe. A sort of pornographic muzak. Still, it keeps
my wife off the streets.
Mr. Hamilton: We
both like him.
3. In what English city was the
house that Mrs. Richards was trying to sell?
Mrs. Richards: Hallo!!
There's nobody there.
Basil: Hallo ... yes, yes, I
know she is. Yes ... It's your sister.
Mrs. Richards: Hallo.
Hallo. We've been cut off.
Basil: Hallo ... look, you
tell me, and I'll tell her.
Mrs. Richards: Even the
phones don't work.
Basil: Your sister says
you've had an offer of eighty-seven thousand pounds for your house
Richards: Eighty-seven? Give it to me. Don't be a fool,
Stephanie. Ninety two seven fifty I said and I'm not taking a penny
less, you tell him that. Why don't people listen?
Some more Links
Friends and Family
Atmosphere and Ocean Science
The Weather Underground:
The weather in Canada (in Toronto)
right now. Also, Canadian
Physics at U of T home page.
tutorial from the University of Illinois.
of Global Chemistry in Climate project home page.
Stephen Griffiths' A to
Z of atmospheric science.
Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences
of Fluid Mechanics
Ocean Data Analysis Project (GLODAP) home page.
Alistair Fraser's Bad Science page.
Commons at the University of Toronto (I can't believe the URL is
what it is, but it is).
My DOS games page.
GNU Project General Public License
David Harrison's GNU/Linux
DJGPP C/C++ development
system for DOS.
Google Groups archive of
Usenet newsgroup discussions; first place to go with computing
problems (search first before posting).
The Comprehensive TeX Archive
Network. Also, the MiKTeX Project
home page (LaTeX for Windows), and LaTeX2HTML (typesetting for
Colour Codes and Special
Tucows shareware resource.
The XMAME arcade game emulator
for X-windows, or MAME for other
OS's. If you own an arcade game machine, then you are entitled to
download the emulator for that game from ROMnation.net (viewer discretion
For research, check out the Killer List of Video Games or MAWS.
Shockwave online games at www.play.vg.
A vi editor
tutorial (by JFD), and another
one (by Marian Delp).
Microsoft Excel function language
translations (who knew?) by Dolf Trieschnig.
Dynamics Online resource index, discussion forum, etc.
Department of Mathematics
at the University of Toronto.
Statistics at U of T.
The Fields Institute for
Research in Mathematical Sciences (on the campus of U of T).
Eric Weisstein's World of
Mathematics - a general mathematics reference source from Wolfram
Research, the makers of Mathematica software.
Planet Math, mathematics
information sharing community.
The Springer Encyclopaedia of
of Integer Sequences.
Jeff Miller's Earliest Known Uses
of Mathematical Terms. Did you know that the word sine
comes from the Latin word for bay or harbour? If that doesn't make
sense, it is because it comes from a mistranslation from Arabic. Read
about it here.
Programming Glossary (mainly terms related to optimization
problems, but has other stuff)
Glossary - a glossary of mathematics terms. Browse around the
rest of the site for some interesting interactive articles.
Lab dictionary - another mathematics glossary.
Quotations Server at F urman University.
Online suite of online calculating tools.
Scientific Reference Sources
(not all of these will work from off-campus)
Another recommended scientific journal article search engine: Researchindex.
Another one, with citation index too: Web of
Science (and list of
journal title abbreviations).
A meta- search engine that queries multiple search engines Online JOurnal Search Engine.
Let's put this here until I figure out what it does:
University of Toronto Libraries
Toronto Public Libraries
and the Virtual Reference
Project Gutenberg - full texts
of public domain literature.
Amazon.com and Amazon.ca, and my reading lists.
other amusing theSpark.com diversions.
Books, including Top
10 Lists with some good reading suggestions.
Petri Liukkonen's Books and Writers.
Writing and Language
Guide to Grammar
and Writing (from the Capital Community College Foundation
Dictionary (on Campus only).
Online Dictionary project.
The Online Etymology
For origins of English idioms, phrases and sayings, try The Phrase Finder.
A site about the subjuctive mood in
English. See also this edition of The
Maven's World of the Day.
An article about the use of It is me
instead of It is I.
Do ostriches bury their heads in the sand,
or bury their head
in the sand (or neither)?
The (Simplified) Spelling
University of Colorado at Boulder style
guide, including proofreading
More proofreading symbols from Merriam-Webster
The Unilang.org Community.
Omniglot - a
guide to writing systems.
English, French, Spanish, Italian and translating dictionaries at WordReference.com.
French-English online dictionary. Search it or another Cambridge
Automatic translation from Google or from
Learn to pronounce
French and much more about several languages at LanguageGuide.org.
An interesting article about the origins of English
and another about the
origins of French at
How to write
a letter in French.
Conjugate French and English verbs at verb2verbe.
Conjuguez les verbes au Conjugueur.
Centre National de
Ressources Textuelles et Lexicales by CNRS.
Le Trésor de la
Langue Française Informatisé.
Language metadictionaries at Lexilogos. Par
dictionary by morfix.
Leo German-English, German-Spanish
and German-French dictionary.
Canoo.net German language
online Worterbucher bei wissen.de.
French encyclopedia including language, quotation and idiom
dictionaries at Linternaute.com.
Page of basic words in hundreds of languages.
keyboard for composing Japanese text in HTML.
Land and the Kanji of the Week
flashcards review program.
Learn Korean with LearnKorean.com.
The Enigma Machine
word puzzle. Swap pairs of letters to decode a different sentence every
Michael Quinion's World Wide Words. Read
article, or consult his long list of Word site
An article about the surname
in different languages. Smith
A.Word.A.Day and the thought-of-the-day from Anu Garg
at Wordsmith.org. Today's
My Cowboy Junkies page.
music for hundreds of songs.
Chords for John Prine songs.
KGSR Radio, Austin,
Texas. Or try KGSR
My customized Yahoo! LAUNCH
internet radio station.
of recommended albums.
The All Music Guide.
The On-Line Guitar Archive
More guitar tabs at 911Tabs.
Find out fingerings for guitar chords at Chordfind.com.
Guitar Downunder (where
you can get the score/tabs for, among other things, ).
Matilda Eythor Thorlaksson's Guitar
School online, with many many pieces of sheet music to download.
Glenn Weisner's Celtic
Delcamp's classical guitar site.
Dirk's Guitar Page has
many pieces for classical guitar.
Steve's Music Stores.
Play with the Infinite
Film, Television, and Radio
The All Movie Guide.
Rotten Tomatoes movie
The Movie Review Query Engine:
France movie and television info at Comme au Cinema ou bien at Allocine.com.
York Times movie section.
International Film Festival.
Toronto movie listings at Eye
Brest movie listings at WebCity.fr.
Frankfurt movie listings at Kino Journal.
for Brest from le journal Ouest
French television listings at Programme TV.net.
Jump the Shark.
The Muppet Show.
Soup2Nuts home page, the
Home Movies Super
Site and Eric D. Snider's Dr. Katz site.
Conan O'Brien guest list on CNBC
TV Tome guides to television
series, such as Gilmore
American Public Broadcasting
Service, including American
Experience, NOVA, Frontline, and Austin City
American National Public Radio.
radio stations in Brest.
Centre at U of T, and Hart House.
The Toronto Recreational Sports
dans la championnat nocturne (foot) de la FSGT, Brest.
The Toronto Lynx
professional soccer club.
L'équipe Stade Brestois
The official FIFA World
Cup homepage ( scoreboard).
My 2006 World Cup prediction
The linear Unofficial
Football World Championship.
Transcripts: transcripts of interviews at major sporting events.
Read stuff like Mark
Philippoussis talking movies before the 2003 Wimbledon final.
The National Hockey League, with
official scoreboard and
live radio feed.
Sortable hockey stats leaders by position- all
skaters, defense, goalies.
European hockey leagues: Russian League ( boxscores),
Czech Extra League, Swedish Elite League, German Elite
League, Swiss Ice Hockey.
Find out what Robert Petrovicky is up to, or search for
your favourite player in the Internet Hockey Database:
The York Central Ball Hockey League
Hockey. If you can arrange one, a private league with a draft and
trades is the format of choice.
Stupid NHL PLAYOFFS PICK'EM home page.
ATP ( live scores) tennis
tour home page for current info and comprehensive match records. Same for
women's tennis at the WTA home page
( live scores).
Search for your favourite player, or see how two players have fared
against one another:
More ATP records back to 1978 at Petr Plasil's site. Also, Steve G.'s site. Grand slam
tennis homepages at Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open, and the Masters Series.
PGA of America Tour homepage
leaderboard). See how your favourite player is doing:
Here are the leaders at the moment:
Also, European PGA Tour, Official World Golf
Ranking, LPGA, and The Golf Channel.
The Seoul Sisters
home page. Check out the article about the Se
Re Pak video game.
Congress of America and the World Snooker Association.
Federation and United States
Boxing discussion at Eastside Boxing.
Search the comprehensive results archive at BoxRec:
University of Toronto Health Services.
Ontario Ministry of
Health (including OHIP information).
Toronto University Health
Association of Ontario.
Centre for Addiction and Mental
Some of my recipes.
The TV Food Network Canada and American version.
International recipes from Down Under.
Recipes and food info at Korean Kitchen.
... Not to be confused with My Korean Kitchen.
Cooking Korean Food with Maangchi. Includes video
Glossary of Korean food words.
food in New York City.
Home page for Yoon's Culinary
Academy in Seoul.
Turkish recipes at Binnur's
archive at Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science.
The Recipes Folder at
Not to be confused with epiCURIOUS.com.
School Recipes (featuring canned tuna).
Life food blog.
Art and Architecture
gallery, featuring Nutrition in Action, Great Moments in
Science and Technology and Grandmasters of the Animal Kingdom.
The Art Gallery of Ontario
(Toronto), and the National
Gallery of Canada (Ottawa).
(London, UK), Musée du Louvre
(Paris), Metropolitan Museum of Art
(New York), Stedelijk Museum
Heather Wong's gallery
(looking closely at tomatoes, and much more).
The Frank Lloyd Wright
Foundation, Falling Water.
The Moshe Safdie
hypermedia archive (McGill University).
See full colour photographs taken in 1909 by Sergei Mikhailovich
Prokudin-Gorskii at The
Empire That Was Russia.
Interactive Panorama photography.
History and Geography
A map of the University
of Toronto with aerial photography.
Map of Brest,
France (enter brest for "Ville" and/or
29200 for "Code postal").
A view of Brest
Metropole Oceane from above.
Another map and view of Brest here.
Maps of France.
View of the
Earth from above.
Yahoo! Maps (Canada).
Google Maps. Find your
location and click "Satellite". Outrageous!
Educational. See the excellent hypertext Encyclopaedia of the
First World War.
Museum of Tolerance Online Multimedia Learning Center
(history of the Holocaust) by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Expert Village tips and
IKEA (Canada), and Germany.
Bauhaus (Wenn's gut
The International Guild of
Cavalcade of Wisdom.
Well, that's all there is for now. Take care and come back
Last updated June 30th, 2009