Professor Bill McCaffrey

Professor Bill McCaffrey


I joined the University as a Research Fellow in 1993, and was promoted to Professor in 2007. I hold a BA in Geology from Oxford (1987) and a Ph.D. from Leeds (1991).


  • Principal Investigator, Turbidites Research Group

Research interests

My 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 and experimental modelling together with field analogue studies. 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; controls on submarine channel development; mechanisms of submarine debris flow generation.   I also have interests in fluvial and shallow marine clastic sedimentology.   I am Principal Investigator of the Turbidites Research Group, which is supported by AkerBP, BP, ConocoPhillips, Equinor, ENI, Hess, Murphy, OMV and Shell, and of the East Coat Basin project, supported by Chevron, OMV, Schlumberger and Statoil.

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  • BA (Geology), University of Oxford
  • PhD (Geology), University of Leeds

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Geological Society of London

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Applied Geoscience
  • Sedimentology

Current postgraduate researchers

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