Ryan P. Creedon | Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics

A warm welcome to all! I’m a researcher in applied mathematics who investigates instabilities in geophysical fluids and has a passion for teaching.

About

I study nonlinear waves in geophysical fluids, with particular emphasis on water waves big and small! I use a combination of numerical modeling, asymptotic methods, and rigorous mathematical analysis to detect potential instabilities of these waves and their role in air-sea interactions. Of particular interest to me is how unstable water waves may impact interactions between the atmosphere and ocean on climatological time scales, which is one of the major driving forces of my current research.
 
Teaching is another core aspect of my work. I have five years of experience as an instructor at the University of Washington, where I taught thousands of students during my tenure. I also have 10 years of professional tutoring experience through organizations such as Penn State Learning, the Making Connections program at the University of Washington, and the Bellevue Learning Center. Below you’ll find some of my teaching resources and best practices that I use in my classrooms.
Professional Appointments
  • Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow (MSPRF), National Science Foundation, 2024-2027.
  • Prager Assistant Professor, Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University, 2024-2027.
  • Acting Instructor, Department of Applied Mathematics at University of Washington, 2022-2024.
Academic Preparation
  • Ph.D., Department of Applied Mathematics at University of Washington, 2022.
  • M.S., Department of Applied Mathematics at University of Washington, 2017.
  • M.S., Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at Penn State University, 2016.
  • B.S., Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at Penn State University, 2016.
  • B.S., Department of Mathematics at Penn State University, 2016.

Research

If there’s one thing we know for sure about waves, it is that they are ubiquitous. At all scales of motion in the universe, you can find waves, and in any area of natural science, you can find someone who studies some type of wave. Though much of my research concerns water waves specifically, many of the questions I ask and techniques I use can be extrapolated to any kind of wave in a geophysical fluid of interest. These questions include: what are the equations that govern the behavior of the wave, what properties do these equations have, how do we find solutions of these equations, and in what sense are these solutions stable or unstable?

Current Projects
Asymptotic and Heuristic Models of Water Waves
  • The KdV Family of Equations
  • Boussinesq-Whitham Systems
  • Elliptic and Soliton Solutions
  • Integrability of Equations
  • Nonlinear Stability of Solutions
Instabilities of Non-Linear Water Waves
  • Stokes Wave Expansions
  • Resonant Wave Interactions
  • Spectral Stability of Stokes Waves
  • Longitudinal and Transverse Instabilities
  • Inclusion of Surface Tension and Other Effects
Computing Spectra of Linear Operators
  • Properties of Discrete and Continuous Spectra
  • Asymptotic Behavior of Spectral Elements
  • Numerical Computation of Spectral Elements
  • Behavior of Eigenfunctions
  • Squared Eigenfunction Connection
Publications

7. Creedon, R. P., Nguyen, H. Q., & Strauss, W. A. (2024). Proof of the transverse instability of Stokes waves at finite depth. In preparation.

6. Creedon, R. P., Nguyen, H. Q., & Strauss, W. A. (2024). Stokes waves are unstable, even very small ones. Submitted to EMS Surveys in Mathematical Sciences.

5. Creedon, R. P., Nguyen, H. Q., & Strauss, W. A. (2023). Proof of the transverse instability of Stokes waves. Submitted to Journal of Partial Differential Equations.

4. Creedon, R. P., & Deconinck, B. (2023). A high-order asymptotic analysis of the Benjamin–Feir instability spectrum in arbitrary depth. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 956, A29.

3. Creedon, R. P., Deconinck, B., & Trichtchenko, O. (2022). High-frequency instabilities of Stokes waves. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 937, A24.

2. Creedon, R. P., Deconinck, B., & Trichtchenko, O. (2021). High-frequency instabilities of a Boussinesq– Whitham system: a perturbative approach. Fluids, 6(4), 136. [Cover Story]

1. Creedon, R. P., Deconinck, B., & Trichtchenko, O. (2021). High-frequency instabilities of the Kawahara equation: a perturbative approach. SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems, 20(3), 1571-1595.

Teaching

Many of my teachers and professors had lasting impacts on my personal and professional development, and I can only hope to return the favor one day.

Below you will find information about the courses I’ve taught as well as an assortment of teaching materials that I hope to grow in the years to come.

Upcoming Courses at Brown University

TBD

Past Courses at the University of Washington

Amath 301: Beginning Scientific Computing

Spring 2024

Amath 353: Partial Differential Equations and Waves

Spring 2024

Amath 352: Applied Linear Algebra and Numerical Analysis

Winter 2024

Cfrm 405: Mathematical Methods for Quantitative Finance

Fall 2023

Amath 301: Beginning Scientific Computing

Spring 2023

Amath 352: Applied Linear Algebra and Numerical Analysis

Winter 2023

Amath 383: Introduction to Continuous Mathematical Modeling

Fall 2022

Amath 352: Applied Linear Algebra and Numerical Analysis

Winter 2022

Amath 353: Partial Differential Equations and Waves

Summer 2021

Amath 353: Partial Differential Equations and Waves

Spring 2021

Amath 352: Applied Linear Algebra and Numerical Analysis

Winter 2020

Amath 353: Partial Differential Equations and Waves

Summer 2019

Teaching Resources

Hobbies

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Every mathematician should practice their triangle pose.

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