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Samuel Boury

SODA cruise, September 2018.Photography by San Nguyen.

About me

I am an Assistant Professor affiliated to the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences (CIMS) at New York University (New York (NY), USA), in a joint position as a Courant Instructor and a Simons Foundation Fellow, currently working on erosion and shape formation of solid bodies by flows (at the Applied Maths Laboratory (AML)), and on wave turbulence (within the Simons Collaboration on Wave Turbulence). I hold a Ph.D. degree in Physics, undertaken under the joint-supervision of Philippe Odier (ENS de Lyon, Lyon, France) and Thomas Peacock (MIT, Cambridge (MA), USA). It focuses on experimental and theoretical aspects of axisymmetric internal waves strongly related to oceanographic applications, e.g. in the Arctic Ocean. My main research interests are in fluid mechanics and geophysical applications, amongst which physical oceanography, closely related to environmental issues.

Recent Highlights

November 2022 -- Sculpting the Sphinx has won the Milton van Dyke poster award at the 2022 APS DFD Gallery of Fluid Motion!

October 2022 -- Double-diffusive staircase stratifications are key to understand energy tranfers in the oceans. Our observational survey in the Arctic has just been published in Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans to help shed light on this intriguing phenomenon.

August 2022 -- Our article on Random Walks Through Poetry is featured in cover of Digital Creativity!

February 2022 -- The recording of my seminar given on February 4 at the EHESS (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales) is now online.

December 2021 -- Check out my new online poster gallery!

October 2021 -- I have been awarded the Prix de Thèse Systèmes Complexes by the Institut des Systèmes Complexes de Paris IdF (ISC) for my Ph.D. work, as a transdisciplinarity and multi-scale research.

October 2021 -- I have been choosen to be the Joseph B. Keller fellow for the academic year 2021--2022 at the Courant Institute.

September 2021 -- The Applied Maths Seminars have started at Courant!

September 2021 -- Our numerical and theoretical work on convection in a mushy layer, discussing how a vertical heat flux drives convection and buoyant plumes in a mush, has been published in Journal of Fluid Mechanics.

September 2021 -- Our study reporting observations on axisymmetric wave attractors (linear regime, triadic resonant instability, and even weak inertial wave turbulence) combining experiments and numerics has been published in Journal of Fluid Mechanics.

July 2021 -- I have been awarded the Prix Daniel Guinier by the Société Française de Physique (SFP) as a recognition of the work undertaken during my Ph.D. More information on the SFP website, the ENS website, and on the Laboratoire de Physique website.

June 2021 -- Our experimental work on the generation of axisymmetric internal wave super-harmonics through non-linear self-interaction has been published in Physical Review Fluids.

April 2021 -- Our collaborative paper led by Jennifer A. MacKinnon from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (University of California San Diego, San Diego (CA), USA), entitled A warm jet in a cold ocean, has been published in Nature Communications this April. Check out the press coverage for more information (e.g. on Scripps Website The "heat bombs" destroying Arctic sea ice).

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Current and Former Research Topics

Arctic Ocean
Sculpting with Fluids and Flows
Exploring Wave Turbulence
A Mushy Source for the Geysers of Enceladus
Non-Linear Interactions of 3D Internal Waves
Internal Wave Tunneling
Enhancing 3D Internal Waves Attractors
Whither the Chukchi Slope Current?
Challenging Axisymmetric Internal Waves
Forcing the BvK Instability
Understanding the Moving Bottleneck
Experiencing the Antlion Trap


Email: sbry.phy@gmail.com

Office: Warren Weaver Hall WWH 704
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
New York University
251 Mercer Street
10012 New York, NY (USA)