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Professor Vernon Squire

Office: Room 116 in the Clocktower Building
Phone: 479-8303
Email: vernon.squire@otago.ac.nz

** Left the Department in 2005 to become the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Division of Sciences. In 2010 appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International). He maintains links with the Department and is still active in research and supervision. **

Research Interests

Current research interests of Professor Squire relate to modelling environmental phenomena, especially processes that occur in the polar regions. A recent focus has been to understand sea-ice in relation to the climates of the Arctic and Southern Oceans, with some effort being put into explaining how ocean waves interact with sea-ice and especially how the ice breaks up. This includes modelling single ice floes, icebergs, heterogeneous and imperfect ice sheets, and research on scattering in random media. The work has been supported by a sequence of grants, including three Marsden Grants and a 5-year grant from the US Office of Naval Research that relates to how ocean waves have contributed to the incredible sea-ice reductions we are experiencing in the Arctic and the apparent sea-ice stability or even growth in the Antarctic. Unusually for a Department of Mathematics and Statistics, theoretical work has been supported by fieldwork in the polar regions. The work is highly collaborative, involving several New Zealand institutions funded under the same overarching grants, and many scientists from organizations abroad - especially the US.

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Associate Editor

Professor Squire is on the editorial boards of two international journals, Cold Regions Science & Technology and the International Journal of Offshore & Polar Engineering. He would be pleased to process manuscripts intended for those journals.

Project/Thesis Possibilities

Professor Squire will supervise applicable projects relating to the physics or oceanography of the polar regions, geophysical/environmental continuum mechanics, engineering-style mathematical modelling, methods-type projects and work that applies mathematics to the Health Sciences. He is also prepared to act as a secondary supervisor in most modern areas of applied mathematics.

Published, submitted or in press papers from 2009 onwards

Earlier publications arising from conferences co-convened at the University of Otago

For a copy of the following proceedings, available in three volumes, please contact the Department of Physics, University of Otago.

  • Squire, V. A. and Langhorne, P. J. (eds.) Ice in the Environment: Proceedings of 16th International Symposium on Ice, 1, International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research (2002) 513p, ISBN 1-877139-52-1.
  • Squire, V. A. and Langhorne, P. J. (eds.) Ice in the Environment: Proceedings of 16th International Symposium on Ice, 2, International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research (2002) 452p, ISBN 1-877139-52-1.
  • Squire, V. A. and Langhorne, P. J. (eds.) Ice in the Environment: Proceedings of 16th International Symposium on Ice, 3, International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research (2002) 363p, ISBN 1-877139-52-1.

For a copy of the following journal special issue with selected papers from the 2005 International Symposium on Sea-Ice, please contact the International Glaciological Society, Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1ER, UK. Email: igsoc@igsoc.org .