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    Dr Megan Davies Wykes

    Murray Edwards College
    Huntingdon Road
    CB3 0DF

    Liz Acton Fellow in Engineering; Director of Studies


    Degrees and honours

    PhD in Fluid Dynamics from University of Cambridge

    MEng from University of Cambridge

    Awards and prizes

    Fulbright Scholarship


    Megan is the Liz Acton Lecturer in the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. She works on problems in environmental fluid mechanics, with applications ranging from air pollution, splash from vehicles, sinkhole formation, and mixing in the oceans.

    Previously, Megan worked for the Managing Air for Green Inner Cities (MAGIC) project, examining the interaction between building ventilation systems and their surroundings, at the Department for Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at the University of Cambridge.

    Megan was a Courant Instructor at the Applied Mathematics Laboratory, based in the Courant Institute, New York University, where she was also a Fulbright Scholar. There she investigated how buoyancy-driven flows interact with dissolving surfaces. She also made discoveries related to the self-assembly and steering of micro-scale swimmers.

    Megan’s PhD was on turbulent stratified mixing and the Rayleigh-Taylor instability, supervised by Dr Stuart Dalziel. She did this research at DAMTP, University of Cambridge.


    Self-sculpting of a dissolvable body due to gravitational convection, M. S. Davies Wykes, J. Huang, G. A. Hajjar, and L. Ristroph, Physical Review Fluids v. 3, pp. 043801 (2018).

    Guiding microscale swimmers using teardrop-shaped posts, M. S. Davies Wykes, X. Zhong, J. Tong, T. Adachi, Y. Liu, L. Ristroph, M. D. Ward, M. J. Shelley, and J. Zhang, Soft Matter v. 13, pp. 4681–4688 (2017)

    Dynamic self-assembly of microscale rotors and swimmers, M. S. Davies Wykes, J. Palacci, T. Adachi, L. Ristroph, X. Zhong, M. D. Ward, J. Zhang, M. J. Shelley, Soft Matter v. 12, pp. 4584–4589 (2016)

    On the meaning of mixing efficiency for buoyancy-driven mixing in stratified turbulent flows, M. S. Davies Wykes, G. Hughes and S. B. Dalziel, Journal of Fluid Mechanics v. 781, pp. 261–275 (2015)

    Efficient mixing in stratified flows: experimental study of a Rayleigh-Taylor unstable interface within an otherwise stable stratification, M. S. Davies Wykes and S. B. Dalziel, Journal of Fluid Mechanics v. 756, pp. 1027-1057 (2014)