School of Earth and Environment

Bill McCaffrey Prof Bill McCaffrey

Professor of Clastic Sedimentology; Co-Institute Director of IAG

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 36625
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Room: G10 28 University Road
PA details: Samantha Haynes

Affiliation: Institute of Applied Geoscience

Petroleum Leeds

Turbidites Research Group


Further information

Bill is Principal Investigator on the Turbidites Research Group (TRG) joint industry project and Co-Investigator on the Fluvial Research Group and Shallow Marine Research Group JIPs. Bill's principal research area is in deep marine clastics - the deposition of particulate sedimentary rocks in the deep ocean. This work involves a combined approach, using theoretical, computational and experimental modelling together with field analogue studies and databasing approaches to characterise sedimentary architecture. Aims: better understanding of the mechanics of transportation and deposition of sediment from turbidity currents; development of predictive models for geometries, thicknesses, internal characteristics and textural character of turbidite sandstones, hyrbid event beds and debrites; controls on submarine channel development; mechanisms of submarine debris flow generation.

External Collaborators

The TRG is supported by currently supported by BP, ConocoPhillips, ENI, Hess, Murphy, OMV, Shell and Statoil. Academic collaborators are listed as Associates on the TRG people page.


BA (Geology), Oxford, 1987

PhD (Geology), Leeds, 1991


Fellow of the Geological Society of London

Support duties

Research Director for Petroleum Leeds.

Co-Director, Institute of Applied Geosciences, School of Earth and Environment