I'm a second year graduate school mathematics student. Due to my university regulation, I didn't have a thesis advisor yet. During my first year of grad school, I passed Qualification exam. So this year soon, I have to choose a professor as my thesis advisor(Tutor, guide). I attended some several course only related to pure mathematics such as PDE(Partial differential equation), Numerical mathematics analysis, Mathematical statistics, Real analysis, and Abstract algebra.
As you all know, choosing an thesis advisor is the crucial time in my mathematics life. But it is (generally) hard to decide what the field which professor I choose. But in the first year, I have some professor in mind from their lecture.
One professor, his major is Stochastic PDE(SPDE) which is pure mathematics. The other person is majoring in climate change specialized in El nino(ENSO) and la Nina who is a joint professor from School of Environmental Science and Engineering(JA). I went to both professor, SPDE twice, JA once. And I noticed that two professor are joining their work(co-working) these days, and are very close.
I got some comments from them :
- First joint professor said(in short) : Welcome. But I'm almost unaware of mathematics. So I can't help you in math field. If you want you can work jointly with SPDE professor.
- Second, SPDE professor said : Welcome. But you'd better go to JA. If you really want, I can accept you. (After I asked I need his help on studying mathematics if I choose JA) I don't know I can help you. The area is different so that the basic language is different.
In this point, I have two questions.
- Are there some cases that a math student choose a non-mathematician thesis advisor? My final goal is to be a professor. Then is there any drawback?
- Any suggestion for me? I'm a little nervous. If I choose JA, it must be a big challenge for me. I haven't learnt 'Climate theory'.
Thanks in advance.