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Pascale Garaud
  • Pronouns she, her, her, hers, herself
  • Title
    • Department Chair
    • Professor
  • Division Baskin School of Engineering
  • Department
    • Applied Mathematics
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Jack Baskin Engineering Building, Baskin Engineering, Room 353A
  • Mail Stop SOE2
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Astrophysics, Applied Physics, Mathematical Physics, Mathematical Modeling, Dynamical Systems, Computational Modeling
  • Advisees, Grad Students, Researchers , Arstan Tulekeyev,

Summary of Expertise

Garaud is an expert in Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics and to a lesser extent, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, which she studies using both analytical methods and computational methods.

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 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. 

Honors, Awards and Grants

2019: Fellow of the American Physical Society (Division of Fluid Dynamics) 


2008: UCSC Excellence in teaching award. 

Teaching Interests

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

  • Precalculus: AM/MATH3
  • Calculus: MATH11A/AM15A/AM15B
  • Multivariate Calculus: AM30
  • Mathematical modeling: AM170A
  • Applied Mathematical Methods I: AM212A
  • Applied Mathematical Methods II: AM212B
  • Numerical Linear Algebra: AMS213A
  • Dynamical Systems: AM114/AM214
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics: AM227