James Leonard Best

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Jim Best’s current research concerns the mechanics of sediment transport, the investigation of modern sedimentary environments, and the interpretation of ancient alluvium. Current areas of ongoing research include: interactions between turbulent flows and sediment movement, turbulence modulation in sedimentological flows, bedform dynamics, braided river dynamics and deposits, the morphodynamics of river channel confluences, the sedimentology of large rivers, the application of multibeam imaging within sedimentary environments, basin evolution, paleoenvironments, and sedimentology of the Western Irish Namurian Basin.


  • Ph.D., Birkbeck College, University of London
  • B.S., University of Leeds


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Alluvial architecture of mid-channel fluvial–tidal barforms: The mesotidal Lower Columbia River, Oregon/Washington, USA

Prokocki, E. W., Best, J. L., Ashworth, P. J., Sambrook Smith, G. H., Nicholas, A. P., Parsons, D. R. & Simpson, C. J., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Sedimentology.

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  • An integrated process-based model of flutes and tool marks in deep-water environments: Implications for palaeohydraulics, the Bouma sequence and hybrid event beds

    Peakall, J., Best, J., Baas, J. H., Hodgson, D. M., Clare, M. A., Talling, P. J., Dorrell, R. M. & Lee, D. R., Jun 1 2020, In : Sedimentology. 67, 4, p. 1601-1666 66 p.

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  • Drainage and erosion of Cambodia's great lake in the middle-late Holocene: The combined role of climatic drying, base-level fall and river capture

    Darby, S. E., Langdon, P. G., Best, J. L., Leyland, J., Hackney, C. R., Marti, M., Morgan, P. R., Ben, S., Aalto, R., Parsons, D. R., Nicholas, A. P. & Leng, M. J., May 15 2020, In : Quaternary Science Reviews. 236, 106265.

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  • Dunes in the world’s big rivers are characterized by low-angle lee-side slopes and a complex shape

    Cisneros, J., Best, J., van Dijk, T., Almeida, R. P. D., Amsler, M., Boldt, J., Freitas, B., Galeazzi, C., Huizinga, R., Ianniruberto, M., Ma, H., Nittrouer, J. A., Oberg, K., Orfeo, O., Parsons, D., Szupiany, R., Wang, P. & Zhang, Y., Jan 20 2020, In : Nature Geoscience. 13, 2, p. 156-162 7 p.

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  • Experimental evidence of amplitude modulation in permeable-wall turbulence

    Kim, T., Blois, G., Best, J. L. & Christensen, K. T., Mar 25 2020, In : Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 887, A3.

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