Career
 2016  Present: PhD Student, DAMTP, University of Cambridge
 2014  2015: MSc Mathematics, University of Leeds
 2011  2016: Senior Data Analyst, Cambridge Assessment
 2006  2011: Data Analyst, Cambridge Assessment
 2003  2006: MA Mathematics, University of Cambridge
Research
Laura is a member of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and the AtmosphereOcean Dynamics research group. Under the supervision of Peter Haynes, her PhD research investigates the variability of jet streams using simple, idealized models. Jet streams are ubiquitous in planetary atmospheres and oceans, with key examples including midlatitude jets in the Earth's troposphere, multiple jets in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current and flows on gaseous giant planets such as Jupiter and Saturn. Idealized models allow the spontaneous formation and equilibration of persistent zonal jets. The nature of their time variability in the equilibrated phase is of interest both because of its relevance to the behaviour of naturally occurring jet streams and for the insights it provides into the dynamical mechanisms operating in these systems.
Alongside her PhD research, Laura also studies stratified shear instabilities and the subsequent transition to turbulence under the supervision of Pascale Garaud (UC Santa Cruz) and Colm Caulfield (University of Cambridge). This work, which started as a GFD summer project at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, has applications to the interiors of stars.
Awards
 UK Fluids Conference (August 2019)  Best Student Presentation
 CambridgeEnvEast Doctoral Alliance Student Symposium (April 2019)  Best Student Presentation
 Murray Edwards College Graduate Symposium (February 2019)  Best Student Presentation
 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (Summer 2018)  Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Fellowship
 DAMTP Student Talks (June 2018)  Best Student Presentation
 Faculty of Mathematics, University of Cambridge (March 2018)  SmithKnight and RayleighKnight Essay Prize
 CambridgeEnvEast Doctoral Alliance Student Symposium (April 2017)  Best Student Poster
 School of Mathematics, University of Leeds (November 2015)  Wagenknecht Prize (Best MSc Performance)
Publications
Journal Articles
 Cope, L., Garaud, P. and Caulfield, C. P. (2019), 'The dynamics of stratified horizontal shear flows at low Péclet number', Manuscript submitted for publication. (arXiv)
Conference Proceedings

Cope, L., Haynes, P. H. (2019), 'Variability of stochastically forced zonal jets', paper presented at the UK Fluids Conference 2019, Cambridge, UK, 2729 August 2019.

Cope, L., Haynes, P. H. (2019), 'Variability of stochastically forced betaplane zonal jets', paper presented at the Waves, Instabilities and Turbulence in Geophysical and Astrophysical Flows Conference, Cargèse, Corsica, 819 July 2019.

Cope, L., Haynes, P. H. (2019), 'Variability of stochastically forced betaplane zonal jets', paper presented at the AMS 22nd Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics, Portland, Maine, USA, 2428 June 2019.

Cope, L., Haynes, P. H. (2018), 'Variability of stochastically forced betaplane zonal jets', paper presented at the 71st APS DFD Meeting, Atlanta, USA, 1820 November 2018.

Cope, L., Haynes, P. H. (2018), 'Variability of stochastically forced betaplane zonal jets', paper presented at the EGU General Assembly 2018, Vienna, Austria, 813 April 2018.
Talks and Seminars
(*) = invited
 (*) DAMTP Geophysical & Environmental Processes Seminar, 'Zonal jet variability: insights from a framework of idealised models', 2 Dec 2019.
 (*) DAMTP Astrophysics Lunch Seminar, 'Simple mathematical models of jet stream variability', 26 November 2019.
 UKFN 'Waves, Coherent Structures and Turbulence' Workshop (UEA), 'Variability of stochasticallydriven zonal jets', 30 October 2019.
 (*) University of Leeds Fluid Dynamics Seminar, 'Variability of stochasticallydriven zonal jets', 3 October 2019.
 (*) British Antarctic Survey Polar Oceans Seminar, 'Variability of stochasticallydriven zonal jets', 27 September 2019.
 Woolly Owl OxfordCambridge Applied Mathematics Meeting (Oxford), 'Pattern formation in simple jet stream models', 14 June 2019.
 G. K. Batchelor Lab Lunch Talk (Cambridge), 'On the variability of stochasticallydriven zonal jets', 25 January 2019.
 UCL Rotating Fluids Meeting, 'On the variability of stochasticallydriven zonal jets', 4 January 2019.
 (*) UCL Graduate Fluid Dynamics Seminar, 'On the variability of stochasticallydriven zonal jets', 5 December 2018.
 (*) UC Santa Cruz Applied Mathematics Seminar, 'Horizontal shear instabilities in the stellar regime', 15 November 2018.
 DAMTP Institute of Theoretical Geophysics Seminar, 'Horizontal shear instabilities in the stellar regime', 30 October 2018.
 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute GFD Fellow Seminar, 'Horizontal shear instabilities in the stellar regime', 21 August 2018.
 DAMTP Second Year Graduate Talks (Cambridge), 'On the variability of stochasticallydriven zonal jets', 1 June 2018.
 (*) University of Exeter GAFD Group Talk, 'Variability of zonal jets', 30 October 2017.
Teaching and Outreach
 University of Cambridge Faculty of Mathematics Open Day, Experimental fluid dynamics demonstrations, 23 March 2019.
 University of Cambridge Faculty of Mathematics, Undergraduate Supervisions, Part IB Fluid Dynamics, 2017 & 2018.
 University of Cambridge Murray Edwards College, Undergraduate Admissions Interviews (Mathematics Tripos), December 2017.
 University of Cambridge Dancers Club, Acrobatic rock 'n' roll dance coaching, 20112014, 2017present.