William 'Mack' Durham

Departmental Research Lecturer


Research Interests

I am broadly interested in the interaction between fluid dynamics and microbial ecology, especially that arising in bacteria, spermatozoa, and phytoplankton. Using a combination of laboratory experiments (ranging from µm to cm in scale), simple models, numerical simulations, and field observations, my collaborators and myself try to better understand these small but very important members of the Earth.



Email: william.durham@zoo.ox.ac.uk



Selected Publications

  • De Lillo, F., Cencini, M., Durham, W. M., Barry, M., Stocker, R., Climent, E., Boffetta, G.  (2014) Turbulent fluid acceleration generates clusters of gyrotactic microorganisms.  Physical Review Letters. 112.

  • Durham, W. M., Climent, E., Barry, M., De Lillo, F., Bo etta, G., Cencini, M., Stocker, R. (2013) Turbulence drives microscale patches of motile phytoplankton. Nature Communications. 4.
  • Durham, W. M., Stocker, R. (2012) Thin phytoplankton layers: characteristics, mechanisms, and consequences. Annual Review of Marine Science. 4.

  • Durham, W. M., Climent E., Stocker, R. (2011) Gyrotaxis in a steady vortical flow. Physical Review Letters. 106.

  • Marcos, Seymour, J. R.,  Luhar, M., Durham, W. M., Mitchell, J. G., Macke, A., Stocker R. (2011) Microbial alignment in flow changes ocean light climate. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 108.

  • Seymour, J. R., Ahmed, T., Durham, W. M., Stocker R. (2009) Chemotactic response of marine bacteria to the extracellular products of Synechococcus and Prochlorococcus. Aquatic Microbial Ecology. 59.

  • Stocker, R. and Durham, W. M. (2009) Tumbling for stealth? Science. 325.

  • Durham, W. M., Kessler, J. O., and Stocker, R. (2009) Disruption of vertical motility by shear triggers formation of thin phytoplankton layers. Science. 323.