Oakes Faculty Fellows

The Oakes College faculty represents a wealth of expertise from the natural sciences to the humanities, and we are proud to have some of the top scholars in the world among our faculty. Our students major in nearly every discipline at UCSC—from economics and computer science, to theater arts and Latin American and Latino studies—and they are well supported by the depth and breadth of the Oakes College faculty and the extensive knowledge of our advising team.

TBA is Oakes's faculty chair!

The Chair of the Faculty is an Academic Senate member, other than the Provost, who is elected by the college Faculty to serve a two year term, and will serve as a member of the Executive Committee.


Pascale Garaud

Research Interests

My main research interests at the moment are:

  • Large-scale magnetohydrodynamics of the solar interior
  • Modeling large-scale flows in stellar interior
  • Modeling turbulent convection
  • Understanding the properties of fingering convection, with applications to oceanography and astrophysics
  • Understanding the properties of double-diffusive convection, with applications to astrophysics
  • Modeling stratified shear flows in stars
  • Modeling the dynamics of dust particles in proto-stellar disks

Biography, Education and Training

Undegraduate: 1992-1996: Maitrise de Physique, Universite Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg (France).


  • 1996-1997: Part III of the Mathematical Tripos, Cambridge, UK
  • 1997-2001: PhD in Astrophysics, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, UK


  • 2001-2002: New Hall Research Fellowship at DAMTP and IoA, Cambridge, UK
  • 2002-2004: PPARC Research Fellowship, DAMTP, IoA, Cambridge, UK

Permanent positions:

  • 2004-2010: Assistant Professor in Applied Mathematics, UCSC. 
  • 2010-2012: Associate Professor in Applied Mathematics, UCSC.
  • 2012-now: Full Professor in Applied Mathematics, UCSC.

See my website for more about me. 

Teaching Interests

I teach a number of classes in Applied Mathematics from the introductory undergraduate level to the advanced graduate level: 

  • Precalculus: AMS3/MATH3
  • Calculus: MATH11A/AMS15A/AMS15B
  • Applied Mathematical Methods I: AMS212A
  • Applied Mathematical Methods II: AMS212B
  • Numerical methods: AMS213
  • Dynamical Systems: AMS114/AMS214
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics: AMS227