School of Earth and Environment

Gareth Keevil Dr Gareth Keevil

Sorby Experimental Officer; Laser Safety Officer

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 36765
Email address:
Room: Sedi Prep lab (8.129)

Affiliation: Institute of Applied Geoscience


I am currently the Experimental Officer in the Sorby Environmental Fluid Dynamics Laboratory hosted within the Earth Surface Science Institute at the School of Earth & Environment. My research focuses on process sedimentology and I am interested in the fluid and sediment dynamics of natural systems. I undertook a Geology BSc at Bristol, an MSc in Sedimentology at Reading and a PhD at Leeds on the bend dynamics of submarine channel systems.

Research Interests

  • Experimental modelling of submarine channel systems.
  • The processes of sand injection.
  • Development of novel imaging techniques to monitor fluidised sediment systems.
  • Interaction of vegetation and coherent flow structures within rivers.
  • Development of new techniques in experimental sedimentology.
  • Application of PIV and LDA within experimental sedimentology

Current PhD Student and Projects

  • Jess Ross. Project Title: The dynamics of sand injectites and associated soft sediment deformation structures .
  • Kat Hunter. Project title: Mechanisms of auto-regulation in submarine channel-levee development.


  • Simmons SM; Parsons DR; Best JL; Oberg KA; Czuba JA; Keevil GM (2017) An evaluation of the use of a multibeam echo-sounder for observations of suspended sediment, Applied Acoustics, 126, pp.81-90. doi: 10.1016/j.apacoust.2017.05.004
  • Jordan DN; Thomas RE; Keevil GM; Parsons DR (2015) Impact of vegetation patch shape on mean flow and turbulence characteristics, River Research and Applications: an international journal devoted to river research and management, .
  • Keevil CE; Parsons DR; Keevil GM; Ainsley M (2015) Three-dimensional meander bend flow within the tidally influenced fluvial zone, Developments in Sedimentology, 68, pp.127-148. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-444-63529-7.00006-7
  • Ross JA; Peakall J; Keevil GM (2014) Facies and flow regimes of sandstone-hosted columnar intrusions: Insights from the pipes of Kodachrome Basin State Park, Sedimentology, 61, pp.1764-1792. doi: 10.1111/sed.12115
  • Marra WA; Parsons DR; Kleinhans MG; Keevil GM; Thomas RE (2014) Near-bed and surface flow division patterns in experimental river bifurcations, Water Resources Research, 50, pp.1506-1530. doi: 10.1002/2013WR014215
  • Ross JA; Peakall J; Keevil GM (2013) Sub-aqueous sand extrusion dynamics, Journal of the Geological Society, 170, pp.593-602. doi: 10.1144/jgs2012-124
  • Peakall J; Wells MG; Cossu R; Kane IA; Masson DG; Keevil GM; McCaffrey W; Corney R (2013) Global (latitudinal) variation in sub marine channel sinuosity, Geology, 41, . doi: 10.1130/G34319Y.1
  • Hobby MJ; Thomas RE; Gascoyne M; Parsons DR; Keevil GM; Peakall J; Carrivick JL (2013) MEMS-integrated load cell for measuring pressure, erosion, and deposition in dynamic environmental flows, IEEE Sensors Journal, 13, pp.492-500. doi: 10.1109/JSEN.2012.2217953
  • Hunter TN; Unsworth TJ; Acun MH; Rice H; Biggs S; Peakall J; Keevil G (2013) The influence of system scale on impinging jet sediment erosion: Observed using novel and standard measurement techniques, Chemical Engineering Research and Design, . doi: 10.1016/j.cherd.2013.02.002
  • Peakall J; Kane IA; Masson DG; Keevil G; McCaffrey WD; Corney R (2012) Global (latitudinal) variation in submarine channel sinuosity, Geology, 40, pp.214-214.
  • Peakall J; Kane IA; Masson DG; Keevil G; McCaffrey W; Corney R (2012) Global (latitudinal) variation in submarine channel sinuosity, GEOLOGY, 40, pp.11-14. doi: 10.1130/G32295.1
  • Thomas RE; Parsons DR; Sandbach SD; Keevil GM; Marra WA; Hardy RJ; Best JL; Lane SN; Ross JA (2011) An experimental study of discharge partitioning and flow structure at symmetrical bifurcations, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 36, pp.2069-2082. doi: 10.1002/esp.2231
  • Ross JA; Peakall JP; Keevil GM (2011) An integrated model of extrusive sand injectites in cohesionless sediments, Sedimentology, 58, pp.1693-1715. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2011.01230.x
  • Hardy RJ; Best JL; Parsons DR; Keevil GM (2011) On determining the geometric and kinematic characteristics of coherent flow structures over a gravel bed: a new approach using combined PLIF-PIV, EARTH SURF PROC LAND, 36, pp.279-284. doi: 10.1002/esp.2118
  • Carrivick JL; Jones R; Keevil GM (2011) Experimental insights on geomorphological processes within dam break outburst floods, Journal of Hydrology, 408, pp.153-163. doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.07.037
  • Amos KJ; Peakall J; Bradbury PW; Roberts M; Keevil G; Gupta S (2010) The influence of bend amplitude and planform morphology on flow and sedimentation in submarine channels, MAR PETROL GEOL, 27, pp.1431-1447. doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2010.05.004
  • Bitton LF; Martha LF; Waltham D; Keevil G; Peakall J (2008) Validation of simplified mathematical model for turbidity currents, Proceedings - SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, 7, pp.4994-5002.
  • Corney RKT; Peakall J; Parsons DR; Elliott L; Best JL; Thomas RE; Keevil GM; Ingham DB; Amos KJ (2008) Reply to Discussion of Imran et al. on "The orientation of helical flow in curved channels" by Corney et al., Sedimentology, 53, 249-257, SEDIMENTOLOGY, 55, pp.241-247. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2007.00925.x
  • Peakall J; Amos KJ; Keevil GM; Bradbury PW; Gupta S (2007) Flow processes and sedimentation in submarine channel bends, MAR PETROL GEOL, 24, pp.470-486. doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2007.01.008
  • Keevil GM; Peakall J; Best JL (2007) The influence of scale, slope and channel geometry on the flow dynamics of submarine channels, MAR PETROL GEOL, 24, pp.487-503. doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2007.01.009
  • Keevil GM; Peakall J; Best JL; Amos KJ (2006) Flow structure in sinuous submarine channels: Velocity and turbulence structure of an experimental submarine channel, MAR GEOL, 229, pp.241-257. doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2006.03.010
  • Corney RKT; Peakall J; Parsons DR; Elliott L; Amos KJ; Best JL; Keevil GM; Ingham DB (2006) The orientation of helical flow in curved channels, SEDIMENTOLOGY, 53, pp.249-257. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2006.00771.x
  • Ho VL; Dorrell RM; Keevil GM; Burns AD; McCaffrey WD (Accepted) Pulse propagation in turbidity currents, Sedimentology, .