Geosolutions Leeds

The Turbidites Research Group

Studying with TRG

Much of the TRG programme is conducted through PhD studentships and post-docs - based in Leeds, Hull, UCD (Ireland), Camerino (Italy), Milan (Italy) and Pavia (Italy) and supervised by combinations of Leeds-based staff and external co-workers. We aim to start at least one position per year.

Current Students
  • Damilola Adekanye (Leeds) - Massively Parallelized Models of Fluid-Solid Multiphase Flow.
  • Laura Bührig (Leeds) - A database-informed approach to the construction of quantitative sedimentological facies and source-to-sink models.
  • Sheng Chen (Leeds) - Delta to deep-sea sediment budgets​.
  • Megan Davies (Leeds) - Hybrid event beds in confined basins.
  • Marijke de Vet (Hull) - Turbulent-laminar transitions in flows laden with cohesive sediment.
  • Sojiro Fukuda (Hull) - Palaeo-Environment Reconstruction from Seafloor Landscapes.
  • Daniele Invernizzi (Milano, Italy) - Facies architecture in channel-levee outcrops.
  • Laura McDonald (Auckland, New Zealand) - Hikurangi margin Palaeoclimate from deep-sea cores.
  • Justine Poppeschi (Kyoto University, Japan) - The impact of the tide on turbidity currents and their deposits.
  • Michela Principi (Camerino, Italy) - Lobe complex architecture, Laga, Italy.
  • Elena Scacchia (Parma, Italy) - Study of high-density turbidity currents and their products deposited in tectonically-confined settings.
  • Anthony Shorrock (Auckland, New Zealand) - Unravelling the long-term interplay between climate, volcanic activity, and earthquakes.

Funding Options
  • Fully TRG funded
  • Part TRG and part industry-funded
  • Fully industry funded
  • Research council funded
  • Self funded
  • Scholarship funded - Leeds. The University has separate scholarship schemes for UK/EU students, and also "international" (non EU) students
  • Scholarship funded - non Leeds.

Fully funded PhD projects in Fluid Dynamics at the University of Hull
    Applications are invited to two funded PhD positions at the Energy and Environment Institute at the University of Hull. The PhD projects explore different aspects of gravity currents. Gravity currents are fluid flows along a horizontal boundary driven by a density difference between two regions of fluid. These currents exist in buildings as ventilation flows, in industry as spillages of toxic gas, and in the environment as cold fronts, powder snow avalanches, and turbidity currents. We’re looking for graduates in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering or Computer Science with knowledge of the fundamental principles of fluid dynamics. Please note, the Scholarship for Gravity Currents Driven by Ambient Flow comes with a Home fee waiver only, International applicants will be required to pay the difference between the Home and International fee. The Fluid Dynamics: Mixing Processes in Gravity Currents scholarship would be available to both Home and International applicants. Find out more about these scholarships:
  • Fluid Dynamics: Gravity Currents Driven by Ambient Flow
  • Fluid Dynamics: Mixing Processes in Gravity Currents
  • Application deadline: 31 January 2024
    If you have any queries about either projects, please address them to

    Please check back regularly for new positions. Typically we start 1-2 new PhD and post-doc positions per year.

    Unfunded PhD opportunities

    If you have independent access to research funds, we can host you to do a PhD, M.Lit or MSc by research. You may have your own research project in mind. Alternatively, we can work with you to design a project, or can offer fully-framed projects. Examples of candidate projects are shown below (hover mouse over titles for description)

    • Controls on hybrid event beds occurrence in deep marine settings: implications for facies and facies architecture prediction
    • Scale constraints on the transport of cohesive sediments
    • Database and outcrop-based evaluation of mass transport deposit occurrence
    • Palaeo-seafloor reconstruction and environmental change
    • Pinch-out stratigraphic traps: predicting unconventional trapping mechanisms
    • Quantifying the anatomy of clastic deep-marine deposits

    The research themes would generally fall under one of the categories listed on the Current Activities page.
    Please get in touch if you are interested in coming to work with us!