Jim Best

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
  • BSc. Geology/Geography, University of Leeds, UK

Professor Best's research interests include: Interactions between turbulent flows and sediment movement; Turbulence modulation in sedimentological flows; Bedform dynamics; Hyporheic flow and sediment dynamics; River dynamics and deposits; The morphodynamics of river channel confluences; The sedimentology of large rivers; Fluvial-Tidal sedimentology; Density current dynamics and sedimentation; Methods and techniques in experimental sedimentology and geomorphology; The application of multibeam imaging within sedimentary environments;  Basin evolution, paleoenvironments and sedimentology of the Western Irish Namurian Basin.

Research Areas

    Courses Taught

    • GEOL 440: Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
    • ESE/GEOG 222: Big Rivers of the World
    • GEOL 415/515: The Geology of County Clare, Western Ireland: sedimentology, paleoecology and evolution of a sedimentary basin
    • GEOL/GEOG 575: Alluvial Boundary Layer Processes and Deposits
    • GEOL 593: Advanced Clastic Sedimentology