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Thomas Peacock

Contact Info

room 3-360

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, Masachusetts 02139


  • 1994


  • 1998



Research Interests

  • Internal wave
  • Stratified flows
  • Nonlinear Dynamics Laboratory experiments
  • Field studies

Honors + Awards

  • 2014, Plenary Lecture, APS DFD Meeting
  • 2014, Editorial Board, CHAOS 
  • 2013, Plenary Lecture, Dynamics Days
  • 2013, Plenary Lectures, Geophysical and Astrophysical Waves Meeting, Les Houches, France
  • 2013, American Physical Society Gallery of Fluid Motion Prize
  • 2012, Gledden Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Western Australia
  • 2010, Plenary Lectures, Internal Waves Meeting, Corsica, France
  • 2009, Plenary Lecture, CHAOS 20th Anniversary Meeting, National Academy of Sciences, Woods Hole
  • 2007, Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award
  • 2005-2008, Atlantic Richfield CD Professorship in Energy Studies Career Development
  • 1999, American Physical Society Gallery of Fluid Motion Prize
  • 1996, Royal Society Physics Research in Britain Award
  • 1995, Domus Scholarship (Oxford University)
  • 1994, Samuel Bright Scholarship (Manchester University)
  • 1993, Hatfield Scholarship (Manchester University)

Related Experience

  • 2015, Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon, Visiting Professorship
  • 2015, Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne,Visiting Professorship
  • 2012, University of Western Australia Institute for Advanced Studies Gledden Fellowship Visiting Professorship
  • 2012, Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon, Visiting Professorship
  • 2008, University of British Columbia, Visiting Professorship
  • 1998-2000, University of Colorado, Research Associate
  • 1989-1990, British Petroleum, Research Student


  • American Physical Society
  • American Geophysical Union

Professional Service

  • 2014-present, American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics Meeting, Co-Chair
  • 2014-present, American Institute of Physics Journal CHAOS, Focus Issue on Objective Detection of Coherent Structures, Editor
  • 2014, US National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Internal Waves Meeting, Cornell University, Member of Organizing Committee
  • 2013-present, American Institute of Physics Journal CHAOS, Editor
  • 2011-2013, Workshop on Uncovering Transport Barriers in Geophysical Flows, Banff International Research Station, Organizer
  • 2012, Production of Morning Glory Cloud Documentary, Australia Lead Scientist
  • 2011, ONR IWISE cruise, Crew Member
  • 2011, NSF EXITS cruise, Crew Member
  • 2010-2011, Workshop on Coherent Structures, Lorentz Center, Ledien, The Netherlands
  • 2009, Workshop on Internal Waves, Ecole de Physique des Houches, France, Co-Organizer
  • 2011, European HYDRALAB Panel Reviewer
  • 2010, US National Congress on Theoretical and Applies Mechanics, Session Organizer
  • 2008-2010, American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics Acrivos Dissertation Committee, Member
  • 2008-2010, Workshop on Coordinated Mathematical Modeling of Internal Waves workshop, Banff International Research Station, Organizer
  • 2008-2010, American Institute of Physics CHAOS Focus Issue on Lagrangian Coherent Structures, Editor
  • 2007, 2009, American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics, Session Chair
  • 2008, American Geophysical Union General Assembly, Session Organizer December
  • 2008, European HYDRALAB Panel Reviewer
  • 2008, International Conference on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Reviewer
  • 2007-present, NSF Physical Oceanography, Dynamical Systems and Fluid Dynamics Programs, Reviewer and Panel Member
  • 2007, ONR NLIWI cruise, Crew Member
  • 2006-2007, Dynamics Days Conference, Co-Organizer
  • 2006, NSF IWAP cruise, Crew Member
  • 2006, US National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Session Organizer
  • 2002-present, Reviewer for Physical Review Letters, Physical Review E, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physics of Fluids, Experiments in Fluids, Journal of Geophysical Research, Journal of Physical Oceanography, Deep-Sea Research, Applied Physics Letters, CHAOS.

MIT Service

  • 2014-present, Area 1 Ad-hoc Committee Member (Dept.)
  • 2014-present, Website Redesign, Faculty Lead (Dept.)
  • 2014-present, Nominations Committee, Member (Inst.)
  • 2013-2104, Freshman advisor (Inst.)
  • 2013-present, Media Activities, Media Moghul (Dept.)
  • 2013-present, Distinguished Scholarships Committee, Member (Inst.)
  • 2012-present, ECM Nexus, Lab Manager (Dept.)
  • 2011-2012, ECM Nexus Renovation, Faculty Lead (Dept.)
  • 2011, Ocean Engineering Hiring Committee, Member (Dept.)
  • 2009-present, MISTI Program, Faculty Reviewer (Inst.)
  • 2008-2011 Graduate Admissions, Member (Dept.)
  • 2007, MIT SEPT Summer Program, Faculty Lead (Inst.)
  • 2006-present, MIT-France Exchange Program Coordinator (Dept.)
  • 2006-2011, Pi Tau Sigma, Faculty Representative (Dept.)
  • 2005-2010, IAP Program Coordinator (Dept.)
  • 2005-2011, MMEC Seminar Organizer (Dept.)
  • 2004-2005, Graduate Committee, Member (Dept.)
  • 2001-2003, Brown Bag Seminar Organizer (Dept.)


  • Engineering Mathematics: Linear Algebra and ODEs (2.087)
  • Nonlinear Dynamics I: CHAOS (2.050)
  • Nonlinear Dynamics II: Continuum Mechanics (18.354)
  • Dynamics and Control I (2.003)
  • Dynamics (2.032) Measurement and Instrumentation (2.671)
  • Advanced Fluid Dynamics (2.26)


  • Allshouse M.R. and Peacock T., "Lagrangian based methods for coherent structure detection," Chaos, 25, 097617 (2015).
  • Allshouse M.R. and Peacock T., "Refining finite-time Lyapunov exponent ridges and the challenges of classifying them," Chaos, 25, 087410 (2015).
  • Alford, M., Peacock, T. et al, "The formation and fate of internal waves in the South China Sea," Nature, 521, 65-69 (4 pages), 2015.
  • Ouazzani, Z., Hacker, J., Thompson, R. and Peacock T., "The Morning Glory Cloud: flow visualization by Mother Nature," Physics of Fluids, 26, 091110 (1 page), 2014.
  • Mercier M., Doyle B., Ardekani A.M. and Peacock T., "Self-propulsion of immersed objects via natural convection," Physical Review Letters, 112, 204501 (5 pages), 2014.    
  • Mathur M., Carter G. and Peacock T., "Topographic scattering of the low-mode internal tide in the deep ocean," Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 119, 2165-2182 (18 pages), 2014.    
  • Sutherland, B.R., Dauxois, T. and Peacock, T., “Internal Waves in Laboratory Experiments,” chapter 10, 193-212 (20 pages), Modeling Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Flows: Insights from Laboratory Experiments, AGU, 2014.
  • Mercier, M. Gostiaux, L., Helfrich, K., Sommeria, J., Viboud, S., Didelle, H., Ghaemsaidi, S.J., Dauxois, T. and Peacock T., “Large-scale realistic modeling of M2 internal tide generation at the Luzon Strait,” Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 5704-5708 (5 pages), 2013.    
  • Ghamesaidi, S.J. and Peacock. T., “3D Stereoscopic PIV visualization of the axisymmetric conical internal wave field generated by an oscillating sphere,” Experiments in Fluids, 54, 1454-1461 (8 pages), 2013.    
  • Peacock, T. and Haller, G., “Lagrangian Coherent Structures: the hidden skeleton of fluid flows,” Physics Today, 66, 41-44 (4 pages), 2013. Also reproduced in French, in the journal Pour La Science, the French equivalent of Scientific American, and Japanese.    
  • Peacock, T., “Laboratory experimental methods,” chapter 32, 457-466 (10 pages), The Handbook of Environmental Fluid Mechanics (Ed. H.J.S. Fernando), Taylor & Francis, 2012.
  • Echeverri, P., Yokossi, T., Balmforth, N.J. and Peacock, T., “Tidally generated internal wave attractors between double ridges,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 669, 354-374 (21 pages), 2011.    
  • Echeverrri, P. and Peacock, T., “Internal tide generation by arbitrary two-dimensional topography,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 659, 247-271 (25 pages), 2010.
  • Mercier, M.J., Martinand, D., Mathur, M., Gostiaux, L., Peacock, T. and Dauxois, T., “New wave generation,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 657, 308-334 (27 pages), 2010.    
  • Allshouse, M.R., Barad, M.F. and Peacock, T., “Propulsion generated by diffusion-driven flow,” Nature Physics, 6, 516-519 (4 pages), 2010.    
  • Mathur, M. and Peacock, T., “Internal wave interferometry,” Physical Review Letters, 104, 118501 (4 pages), 2010.    
  • Peacock, T. and Dabiri, J., “Introduction to Focus Issue: Lagrangian coherent structures,” CHAOS, 20, 017501 (3 pages), 2010.    
  • Tang, W.E. and Peacock, T., “Lagrangian coherent structures and internal wave attractors,” CHAOS, 20, 017508 (9 pages), 2010.    
  • Peacock, T., Mercier, M.J., Didelle, H., Viboud, S. and Dauxois, T., “A laboratory study of low-mode internal tide scattering by finite-amplitude topography,” Physics of Fluids, 21, 121702 (4 pages), 2010.    
  • Mathur, M. and Peacock, T., “Internal wave beam propagation in nonuniform stratifications,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 639, 133-152 (20 pages), 2009.    
  • Echeverri, P., Flynn, M.R., Winters, K.B. and Peacock, T., “Low-mode internal tide generation by topography: an experimental and numerical investigation,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 636, 91-108 (18 pages), 2009.    
  • Balmforth, N.J. and Peacock, T., “Tidal conversion by supercritical topography,” Journal of Physical Oceanography, 39, 1965-1974 (10 pages), 2009.    
  • Yick, K.Y., Torres, C.R., Peacock, T. and Stocker, R., “Enhanced drag of a sphere settling in a stratified fluid at small Reynolds number,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 632, 49-68 (20 pages), 2009.
  • Weldon, M., Peacock, T., Jacobs, G.B., Helu, M. and Haller, G., “Experimental and numerical investigation of the kinematic theory of unsteady separation,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 611, 1-11 (11 pages), 2008.    
  • Blanchette, F., Peacock, T. and Cousin, R., “Stability of a stratified fluid with a vertically moving sidewall,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 609, 305-317 (13 pages), 2008.    
  • Peacock, T. and Bradley, E., “Going with (or against) the flow,” Science, 320 (5881), 1302-1303 (2 pages), 2008.    
  • Peacock, T., Echeverri, P. and Balmforth, N.J., “Experimental investigation of internal tide generation by two-dimensional topography,” Journal of Physical Oceanography, 38 (1), 235-242 (8 pages), 2008.    
  • Alford, M.H., MacKinnon, J.A., Zhao, Z., Pinkel, R., Klymak, J. and Peacock, T., “Internal waves across the Pacific,” Geophysical Research Letters 34 (24), L24601 (6 pages), 2007.    
  • Mathur, M., Haller, G., Peacock, T., Ruppert-Felsot, J.E. and Swinney, H.L., “Uncovering the Lagrangian skeleton of turbulence,” Physical Review Letters, 98 (14), Art. No. 144502 (4 pages), 2007.    
  • Yick, K.Y., Stocker, R. and Peacock, T., “Microscale Synthetic Schlieren,” Experiments in Fluids, 42 (1), 41-48 (8 pages), 2007.    
  • Heitz, R., Peacock, T. and Stocker, R., “Optimizing diffusion-driven flow in a fissure,” Physics of Fluids, 17, Art. No. 128104 (3 pages), 2005.    
  • Peacock, T. and Tabaei, A., “Visualization of nonlinear effects in internal wave beam reflection,” Physics of Fluids, 17, Art. No. 061702 (4 pages), 2005.
  • Peacock, T., and Weidman, P., “The effect of rotation on conical wave beams in a stratified fluid,” Experiments in Fluids, 39, 32-37 (6 pages), 2005.
  • Peacock, T., Blanchette, F. and Bush, J.W.M., "The stratified Boycott effect," Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 529, 33-49 (17 pages), 2005.    
  • Peacock, T., Stocker, R. and Aristoff, J., “An experimental investigation of the angular dependence of diffusion-driven flow,” Physics of Fluids, 16, 3503-3505 (3 pages), 2004.
  • Peacock, T., Bradley, E., Hertzberg, J. and Lee, Y.C., “Forcing a planar jet flow using MEMS,” Experiments in Fluids, 37, 22-28 (7 pages), 2004.    
  • Blanchette, F., Peacock, T. and Bush J.W.M., “The Boycott effect in magma chambers,” Geophysical Research Letters, 31, L05611 (4 pages), 2004.    
  • Ma, Z.C., Bradley, E., Peacock, T., Hertzberg, J.R. and Lee, Y.C., “Solder assembled large MEMS flaps for fluid mixing,” IEEE Transactions on Advanced Packaging, 26 (3), 268-276 (9 pages), 2003.    
  • Peacock, T. and Mullin, T., “Homoclinic bifurcations in a liquid crystal flow,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 432, 369-386 (18 pages), 2000.    
  • Peacock, T. and Mullin T., “The transition to turbulence in a microscopic fluid flow,” Physics of Fluids, 12, S8 (1 page), 2000.    
  • Mullin, T., Juel, A. and Peacock, T., “Silnikov chaos in fluid flows,” chapter 2, 24-43 (20 pages), New Concepts in Turbulence (Ed. C.Vassilicos), Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • Mullin, T. and Peacock, T., “Hydrodynamic instabilities in nematic liquid crystals under oscillatory shear,” Proceedings of the Royal Society of London A, 455, 2635-2653 (19 pages), 1999.    
  • Peacock, T., Binks, D.J. and Mullin, T., “From low- to high-dimensional dynamics in a microscopic fluid flow,” Physical Review Letters, 82, 1446-1449 (4 pages), 1999.    
  • Peacock, T., Mullin, T. and Binks, D.J., “Bifurcation phenomena in flows in a nematic liquid crystal,” International Journal of Bifurcations and Chaos, 9, 427-441 (15 pages), 1999.