Going with the flow – mathematical modelling of fluid transport in plants


Plants sustain life on the earth. They are fascinating organisms and despite their importance there is still much we don’t understand, such as how they transmit information to shape their growth and development. Much of plant biology can be reduced to physical principles and in this project, we will investigate models of fluid flows in the plant’s vasculature system. You will develop the physical ideas with the mathematical equations and code up the associated numerical approaches for solving these equations. If you are an applied mathematician or a theoretical physicist with an interest in applying your skills to understand phenomena in nature, this project may be for you. You will join an interdisciplinary team and work alongside leading experts to address a problem of huge interest in plant biology.