Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Research Group

University of Alberta

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Gordon E. Swaters, PhD

Professor of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

I believe the most effective thing researchers can bring to their classrooms is an enthusiasm for their subject.

The most inspiring teachers are those who are passionate about the subject they are teaching.


Professor Swaters received the Honours B. Math. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and received the Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Physical Oceanography from the University of British Columbia.  Dr. Swaters completed Post-Doctoral studies in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Since joining the University of Alberta, Dr. Swaters has held concurrent visiting positions at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, USA, the Isaac Newton Institute for the Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge, UK, and the French Institute for the Research and the Exploitation of the Sea in Brest, France.


Professor Swaters, whose research is focused on understanding the dynamics of ocean currents, has received the CAIMS*SCMAI Research Prize from the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society and the President’s Prize from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. Within the University of Alberta, Dr. Swaters has received the Faculty of Science Research Award, the McCalla Research Professorship and the Killam Annual Professorship.


Dr. Swaters has served the University of Alberta as President of the Association of Academic Staff, Director of the Applied Mathematics Institute, President of the Faculty Club, Associate Chair (Graduate Studies & Research) of the Department of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences and Associate Director of the Institute for Geophysical Research.