Dr Gareth Keevil


I am the Experimental Officer in the Sorby Environmental Fluid Dynamics Laboratory within 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.


  • School Laser Safety Officer

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

Completed PhD Students

  • Jess Ross. Project Title: The dynamics of sand injectites and associated soft sediment deformation structures.
  • Luan Ho. Project Title: Multi-pulsed turbidity current dynamics and geological implications.

Current PhD Students

  • Georgina Williams. Project Title: Segregation in high concentration particulate flows.
  • Caroline Marshall. Project Title: Turbulence in density currents.
  • Charlie Lloyd. Project Title: Shark biomimetics - drag reduction in sharks: beyond parallel riblets.
  • Charllotte Allen. Project Title: Evolution, processes and deposits of high latitude submarine fans.
<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Student education

I teach part of module on Foundations of Fluids, as part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics. Specifically the measurement of fluid dynamics, this comprises a mixture of traditional lectures and a series of hands on practical classes. In these classes the students learn to undertake measurements of fluids and are introduced to a range of measurement techniques, such as ultrasonics vlocity measurement, using Acoustic Doppler velocimetry (ADV) and Ultrasonic Doppler profiling (UVP) and optical techniques such Particle Imaging Velocimetry (PIV). 

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Applied Geoscience
  • Sedimentology
<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/research-opportunities">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>