Professor Bill McCaffrey

Professor Bill McCaffrey


I hold a BA in Geology from Oxford (1987) and a Ph.D. from Leeds (1991). I joined the University as a Research Fellow in 1993, was promoted to Professor in 2007, and took up an Emeritus Chair on my retirement in 2022.


  • Emeritus Chair
  • Emeritus Research Associate of the Turbidites Research Group (TRG)

Research interests

My principal research area remains in deep marine clastics - the deposition of particulate sedimentary rocks in the deep ocean. This work involves a combined approach, using theoretical, experimental and numerical 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 and hybrid flow generation.   I also have interests in fluvial and shallow marine clastic sedimentology.  

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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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