James Leonard Best

1984 …2020

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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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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.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • River bank instability from unsustainable sand mining in the lower Mekong River

    Hackney, C. R., Darby, S. E., Parsons, D. R., Leyland, J., Best, J. L., Aalto, R., Nicholas, A. P. & Houseago, R. C., Jan 13 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Nature Sustainability.

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  • Anthropogenic stresses on the world’s big rivers

    Best, J., Jan 1 2019, In : Nature Geoscience. 12, 1, p. 7-21 15 p.

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