Jim best

Jack & Richard Threet Professor of Sedimentary Geology, Department Geology
Professor, Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science

Contact Information
Office: 3036 Natural History Building
1301 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
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  • 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
  • Density current dynamics and sedimentation
  • Methods and techniques in experimental sedimentology and geomorphology
  • The application of multibeam imaging within sedimentary environments
  • Basin evolution, paleoenvironments and sedimentology of the Western Irish Namurian Basin
Research Areas
Rivers, Watersheds, Sedimentary Processes & Landscapes
Water in the Earth System

Ph.D. Birkbeck College, University of London, UK

  • GEOG/ESE 222: Big Rivers of the World: Geomorphology, Ecology and Management
  • GEOL 415/515: The Geology of County Clare, Western Eire: Sedimentology, Paleoecology and Evolution of a Sedimentary Basin
  • GEOL 440: Sedimentology and Stratigraphy: Processes, Environments and Deposits
  • GEOG/GEOL 575: Alluvial Boundary Layers Processes and Deposits
  • GEOL 593: Advanced clastic sedimentology