School of Earth and Environment

Christopher Stevenson Dr Christopher Stevenson

Research Fellow

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Room: 8.11 24 SCR


I completed a MGeoSci degree at the University of Leeds in 2008. Then I travelled to Southampton to do a PhD focussed on understanding the sedimentrary processes within and deposits of submarine landslides. After completing my PhD I remained a postdoctoral research assistant for 6 months in Southampton before moving back to Leeds. Here at the University of Leeds I'm a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working within the STRAT Group headed up by David Hodgson.


MGeoSci (University of Leeds)

PhD (University of Southampton)


British Sedimentological Research Group (BSRG)

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS)

Geological Society of London

Research Interests

My core research interests lie in deep-marine sedimentology: exploring the
processes that underpin sediment-laden submarine flows (slides, debris flows
and turbidity currents), and how we can link these processes to deposits in the
geological record. I employ a multidisciplinary approach, combining analysis of modern sea floor
observations, ancient rock outcrops, experiments in the laboratory and
numerical modelling.

Currently, my work focusses on the deposits of flows transitional between turbulent and cohesive rheologies, and how we might predict their stratigraphic and geographic distribution within submarine fan systems.


Stevenson, C.J., Talling, P.J., Wynn, R.B., Masson, D.G., Hunt, J.E., Frenz, M., Akhmetzhanhov, A. and Cronin, B.T. (2013). The flows that left no trace: investigating very large-volume turbidity currents that bypassed sediment through submarine channels without eroding the seafloor. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 41, 186-205.

Sumner, E.J., Talling, P.J., Amy, L.A., Wynn, R.B., Stevenson, C.J. and Frenz, M. (2012). Facies architecture of individual basin-plain turbidites: Comparison with existing models and implications for flow processes. Sedimentology, 59, (6), 1850-1887. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-3091.2012.01329.x).

Stevenson, C.J. and Peakall J. (2010). The effects of topography on lofting gravity currents: Implications for the deposition of deep-water massive sands. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 27, 1366-1378.

Krastel, S., Wynn, R.B., Feldens, P., Schürer, A., Böttner, C., Stevenson, C.J., Cartigny, M., Hühnerbach, V., Unverricht, D. (accepted). Flow behaviour of a major debris flow entering the Agadir Canyon. Submarine Mass Movements and their Consequences: Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research.

Wynn, R.B., Talling, P.J., Masson, D.G., Le Bas, T.P., Cronin, B.T. and Stevenson, C.J. (2012). The influence of subtle gradient changes on deep-water gravity flows: a case study from the Moroccan Turbidite System. In: Application of the Principles of Seismic Geomorphology to Continental-Slope and Base-of-Slope Systems: Case Studies from Seafloor and Near-Seafloor Analogues Edited by Bradford E. Prather, Mark E. Deptuck, David Mohrig, Berend Van Hoorn, and Russell B. Wynn, 99, 371-383.

Wynn, R.B., Talling, P.J., Masson, D.G., Stevenson, C.J., Cronin, B.T. and Le Bas, T.P. (2009). Investigating the timing, processes and deposits of one of the World’s largest submarine gravity flows: the ‘Bed 5 event’ off northwest Africa. Submarine Mass Movements and their Consequences IV, Springer, Dordrecht, 463-474.