School of Earth and Environment

Jeff Peakall Professor Jeff Peakall

Professor of Process Sedimentology

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 35205
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Room: B05 28 University Road

Affiliation: Institute of Applied Geoscience

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Professor Jeff Peakall is a process sedimentologist working on both natural processes (submarine fans, rivers, lakes, and cohesive mud erosion) and industrial systems (nuclear waste ponds, design of new nuclear storage facilities). He is Director of the Sorby Environmental Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, a NERC Recognised Facility that seeks to act as a key National research facility for environmental fluids research in the UK. His main research interest has been in understanding the giant channels that traverse the world’s sea-floors, and he has worked extensively on submarine channel evolution, sedimentation, and the flow dynamics of currents that traverse these channel systems. As part of this Jeff has been measuring flows through active submarine channels in the Black Sea and in a reservoir on the Yellow River in China. See the recent New Scientist article for more details:

For a broader overview of the astonishing world of submarine channels and a comparison with other channel types from across the solar system see Jeff’s Geological Society Shell Lecture on ‘Rivers Under the Sea’ on YouTube

In marked contrast to submarine channel dynamics, Jeff led the laboratory materials testing for drag resistance for Speedo International’s London 2012 Olympics swimsuits. See:

Currently Jeff’s research group is working on fluid and sediment problems, from gravity current dynamics, sand injectites, high-concentration flows, erosion of cohesive sediments, modelling of two-phase particulate suspensions, to analysis of submarine channel flow dynamics. The group is also working on topics as varied as novel acoustic approaches for in situ measurement of industrial suspensions, the flow dynamics of sharks and fossil fishes, jet propulsion dynamics in scallops, gas hold-up in sediment beds, and channel lobe processes and deposits in deep-marine systems. These utilise the full range of laboratory, field and numerical approaches.