I am a senior lecturer (in the US this would be associate professor) in the School of Mathematics at the University of Bristol.
My expertise lies at the interface between mathematics on one hand and solid mechanics, mechanical / aerospace engineering and biology on the other hand. See my CV for more about my education and employment history.
My expertise lies at the interface between mathematics on one hand and solid mechanics, mechanical / aerospace engineering and biology on the other hand. See my CV for more about my education and employment history.
Specific areas of interest in solid mechanics include microstructure formation and evolution, especially in multiphase solids. On the biological side I am interested in tissue mechanics, especially growth; plant mechanics and viral mechanics. Viral mechanics has also been the inspiration for my engineering research on morphing structures. See my research page for more details.

Currently I teach Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Mechanics for second and thirdyear mathematics majors and Mathematical Methods for thirdyear mathematics majors. I have been voted one of the best teachers in the School of Mathematics every year since 201011.

My broader intellectual interests include ancient Greek philosophy (Plato, Aristotle and the neoPlatonists), the Byzantine intellectual tradition and medieval western thought, especially Thomas Aquinas and the subsequent Thomist tradition. I'm also learning to play the cello under the able guidance of Alison Gillies.

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Last graduation:
14 Nov 2017 
Ben Higgins was awarded a PhD for his thesis Rootsoil reinforcement and its effect on erosion.

Last Talk:
22 Nov 2017 
Connectivity, Rigidity and Morphoelasticity
Recent Advances in Mechanics and Mathematics of Materials Rome 