Samuel Walsh
Associate Professor
307 Mathematical Sciences Building

Samuel Walsh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Missouri. He received a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University in 2010, under the direction of Walter Strauss. Prior to coming to MU, he held the postdoctoral position of Courant Instructor at New York University.



  • 2010 Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, Brown University
  • 2005 B.S., Mathematical Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University


Frequently Taught Courses: 

  • MATH 4100. Differential Equations
  • MATH 8445. Partial Differential Equations I


Research Interests

Professor Walsh's research is in the area of nonlinear partial differential equations, particularly those pertaining to water waves. A large part of these efforts have been devoted to investigations of steady waves with vorticity: proving their existence in various regimes, diagnosing their stability properties, and determining their qualitative features. The overarching goal of this program is to take deep ideas from PDEs, analysis, and dynamical systems, and bring them to bear on physically important problems in fluid mechanics. For example, recent projects address: the wind-driven generation of ocean waves, traveling waves with compactly supported vorticity, and the reconstruction of waves with density stratification from deep sea pressure measurements.

Walsh is also interested in the broader topic of dispersive nonlinear PDEs. A dispersive PDE is one for which a solution that is localized in frequency will tend to propagate in space with a speed and direction determined by that frequency. Water waves are one example of this phenomenon, but it is found in many physical settings, e.g., quantum mechanics and nonlinear optics.

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Smooth stationary water waves with exponentially localized vorticity, (with M. Ehrnström and C. Zeng), 
J. Eur. Math. Soc.,vol 25(3) (2022), pp. 1045--1090.
DOI:10.4171/jems/1204,   arXiv:1907.07335.

On the stability of solitary water waves with a point vortex, (with K. Varholm and E. Wahlén), 
Comm. Pure Appl. Math., vol. 73(12) (2020), pp. 2634--2684.
DOI:10.1002/cpa.21891,   arXiv:1811.08024.

Solitary water waves with discontinuous vorticity, (with A. Akers), 
J. Math. Pures Appl., vol. 124 (2019), pp. 220--272.
DOI:10.1016/j.matpur.2018.06.008,   arXiv:1709.09918.

Existence and qualitative theory for stratified solitary water waves, (with R. M. Chen and M. H. Wheeler),
Ann. Inst. H. Poincaré Anal. Non Linéaire, vol. 25(2) (2018), pp. 517--576.
DOI:10.1016/j.anihpc.2017.06.003,   arXiv:1601.05130.

On the wind generation of water waves, (with O. Bühler, J. Shatah, and C. Zeng), 
Arch. Rational Mech. Anal., vol 222(2) (2016), pp. 827--878.
DOI:10.1007/s00205-016-1012-0,   arXiv:1505.02032.

Nonlinear resonances with a potential: multilinear estimates and an application to NLS, (with P. Germain and Z. Hani),
Internat. Math. Res. Notices, vol. 2015(18) (2015), pp. 8484--8544.
DOI:10.1093/imrn/rnu195,   arXiv:1303.4354.

Travelling water waves with compactly supported vorticity, (with J. Shatah and C. Zeng),
Nonlinearity, 26 (2013), pp. 1529--1564.
DOI:10.1088/0951-7715/26/6/1529,   arXiv:1211.3314.

Stratified steady periodic water waves,
SIAM J. Math. Anal., 41 (2009), pp. 1054--1105.
DOI:10.1137/080721583,   arXiv:0807.0474v3.