Nicholas R Moloney

Nicholas R Moloney


Resident Fellow

I am a statistical physicist interested in extreme value statistics, stochastic processes, critical phenomena, point vortices, and much else besides.

I recently gave an introduction to extreme value statistics at a summer school on Large Fluctuations and Extreme Events in Dresden: [part 1],[part 2].

Current projects

  • Anomalous diffusion — Anomalous diffusion in random dynamical systems. [with Katja Polotzek, Yuzuru Sato and Rainer Klages]
  • Extreme value statistics — Tools from extreme value theory applied to dynamical systems/stochastic processes, e.g. blocking indices in climate dynamics. [with Davide Faranda and Yuzuru Sato]
  • Records — Records in 1/f^α signals. [with Kristóf Brunner, Joern Davidsen and Zoltán Rácz]
  • Brownian functionals — Observables associated with Brownian motion; mappings between trees and excursions. [with Francesc Font-Clos, Álvaro Corral and Rosalba García Millán]
  • Point vortices — Global fluctuations of large-N point vortices; statistics of vortex dipoles; anomalous transport of tracers. [with Timothy Westwood and Ronald Dickman]
  • The sublime in maths and science — Looking into whether the sublime, originally a concept from aesthetics, is useful in describing reflective judgements about mathematical discoveries. [with Emmanuel Ordóñez Angulo, Isabella Froud and Charles Beauclerk]

Positions Held

  • 2012 – present — Fellow, London Mathematical Laboratory
  • 2012 — Postdoc, Federal University of Minas Gerais
  • 2009 – 2011 — Postdoc, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden
  • 2007 – 2009 — Postdoc, University of Calgary
  • 2005 – 2007 — Marie Curie Intra European Fellow, ELTE, Budapest
  • 2005 — Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science short-term fellow, University of Tokyo
  • 2004 — Visiting postdoc, Federal University of Minas Gerais
  • 2001 – 2004 — PhD, Condensed Matter Theory Group, Imperial College London
  • 2001 — MMath, Jesus College, Cambridge
  • 1996 – 2000 — MSc, Physics, Imperial College London