Hi there! My name is Dan and I am a Professor in Process Sedimentology here at the University of Hull. I completed my PhD at The University of Sheffield in 2003 before moving to work on a NERC funded Post-Doctoral Research Assistant post in Earth Sciences at the University of Leeds. In 2005 I was awarded a NERC Research Fellowship, which allowed me to follow my own independent research programme for 3 years. Following the completion of my Fellowship term, I spent a year at the Department of Geology at the University of Illinois, USA, before returning to Leeds in 2010 to take up a Lectureship post in Earth System Science at the School of Earth and Environment. In 2011 I moved east down the M62 to the University of Hull, where I hold a Personal Chair as Professor in Process Sedimentology. I am actively researching in several areas related to fluvial, estuarine, coastal and deep marine sedimentology. My research focuses on the interaction between fluid flows and mobile sediment, using a process based approach that combines fieldwork, laboratory experimentation and numerical modelling. I am keen on techniques and methodological developments that enhance substantive understanding of the processes within the field of sedimentology. I teach on modules that align with my research, enabling me to bring cutting-edge research into the lecture theatre. You can find out about my current and recent research projects and my teaching interests on my personal website (link forthcoming), where you can also find a complete list and download information on my publications, and also a fuller biography and CV.
Summary CV: Prof. Daniel R. Parsons
Work Address: Department of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science and
Engineering, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull, HU6 7RX
ph: +44(0)-7914841066; em: email@example.com; tw: @bedform
1999-2003: Ph.D., University of Sheffield, Thesis: ‘Flow Separation in Meander Bends.’
1999-2002: B.Sc. (Hons), Geography, University of Sheffield.
1999-2002: PGCert. PGCHE Post-Graduate certificate in Higher Education, University of Sheffield.
Employment & Academic Positions:
2014-: Associate Dean (Research) Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Hull, UK
2013-2014: University Research Theme Leader (Energy and Environment), University of Hull, UK
2011-: Professor in Process Sedimentology, Dept. of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Hull, UK
2009-2011: Lecturer in Earth System Science, Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, UK.
2009-2011: Visiting Research Fellow, Dept. of Geology, University of Illinois, USA.
2006-2008: NERC Research Fellow, Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Leeds, UK.
2002-2006: PDRA, Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Leeds, UK.
2015: Bigsby Medal from The Geological Society of London
2012: Chandler-Misener Award from the International Association for Great Lakes Research
2010: Gordon Warwick Award from the British Society for Geomorphology
2006: UK NERC Personal Research Fellowship
2001: Best Graduate Paper Award in Hydrology Section at American Geophysical Union Meeting
Five Selected Publications:
Sumner, E. J., J. Peakall, D. R. Parsons, R. B. Wynn, S. E. Darby, R. M. Dorrell, S. D. McPhail, J. Perrett, A. Webb, and D. White (2013), First direct measurements of hydraulic jumps in an active submarine density current, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, doi:10.1002/2013GL057862.
Parsons, D.R., and Best, J.L. (2013). Bedforms: views and new perspectives from the third international workshop on Marine and River Dune Dynamics (MARID3). Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, DOI: 10.1002/esp.3360.
Parsons, D.R., Jackson, P.R., Czuba, J.A., Oberg, K.A., et al. (2013). Velocity Mapping Toolbox (VMT): a processing and visualization suite for moving-vessel ADCP measurements, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. DOI: 10.1002/esp.3367.
Szupiany, R.N., Amsler, M.L., Hernandez, J., Parsons, D.R., Best, J.L., Fornari, E., Trento, A. (2012). Flow fields, bed shear stresses, and suspended bed sediment dynamics in bifurcations of a large river. Water Resources Research, DOI: 10.1029/2011WR011677
Parsons, D.R., Peakall, J., Asku, A.E., Flood, R.D, Hiscott, R., and Mouland D. (2010). Gravity Driven Flows in a Submarine Channel Bend: Direct Field Evidence of Helical Flow Reversal, Geology, 38, doi: 10.1130/G31121.1.
Additional Relevant Publications:
Thomas R.E., Parsons, D.R. et al. (2011). An experimental study of discharge partitioning and flow structure at symmetrical bifurcations. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 36, DOI: 10.1002/esp.2231.
Best, J., Simmons, S., Parsons, D.R., Oberg, K., Czuba, J., and Malzone, C. (2010). A new methodology for the quantitative visualization of coherent flow structures in alluvial channels using multibeam echo‐sounding (MBES). Geophysical Research Letters 37, L06405, doi:10.1029/2009GL041852.
Simmons S.M., Parsons D.R., Best, J.L., Orfeo, O., Lane, S.N., Kostaschuk, R., Hardy, R.J., West, G., Malzone,
C., Marcus, J., Pocwiardowski, P. (2010). Monitoring suspended sediment dynamics using Multibeam Echo
Sonar (MBES), ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering: 10.1061/ASCEHY.1943-7900.0000110.
Shugar, D., Kostaschuk, R., Best, J., Parsons, D.R., Lane, S.N., Orfeo, O., and Hardy, R.J. (2009). On the relationship between flow and sediment transport over a crest of a dune, Rio Parana, Argentina, Sedimentology.
Lane, S.N., Parsons, D.R., Best, J.L., Orfeo, O., Kostaschuk, R., and Hardy, R.J. (2008). The causes of rapid mixing at a junction of two large rivers: the Río Paraná and Río Paraguay, J. Geophysical Research, Earth Surface. 113, 1-16. F02019, doi:10.1029/2006JF000745.
Parsons D.R., Best J.L., Lane S.N., Orfeo O., Hardy R.J., Kostaschuk R. (2007). Form roughness and the absence of secondary flow in a large confluence-diffluence unit, Paraná River, Argentina. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.
Corney, R.K., Peakall, J., Parsons, D., Elliott, L., Amos, K.J., Best, J.L., Keevil, G.M. and Ingham, D.B. (2006). The orientation of helical flow in curved channels, Sedimentology, 53(2), pp249-257. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3091.2006.00771.x
Parsons,D.R., Best, J.L., Orfeo, O., Hardy,R.J.,Kostaschuk, R., and Lane, S.N. (2005). The morphology and flow fields of three-dimensional dunes, Rio Paraná, Argentina: results from simultaneous multibeam echo sounding and acoustic Doppler current profiling, Journal of Geophysical Research, 110, doi:10.1029/2004JF000231.
Ferguson, R.I., Parsons, D.R., Lane, S.N. and Hardy, R.J. (2003). Flow in meander bends with recirculation at the inner bank. Water Resources Research, 39, art. no.-1322.
Parsons, D.R., Walker, I.J. and Wiggs, G.F.S. (2004). Numerical modelling of flow structures over idealized transverse aeolian dunes of varying geometry. Geomorphology, 59, 149-164.
Research Grant Funding:
CI NERC, £794k, 2013-2016: Climatic and Autogenic Controls on the Morphodynamics of Mega-Rivers:
Modelling Sediment Flux in the Alluvial Transfer Zone.
CI EPSRC, £1.1M, 2012-2015: SUPERGEN Marine – Tidal In-stream Turbines and Seabed Morphodynamics.
PI NERC, £872k, 2011-2014: Monitoring and modelling bedforms in unsteady flows.
PI NERC, £53k, 2010-2012: Bedform-related macroturbulence: topology & kinematics.
CI NERC, £806k, 2010-2013: Morphodynamics and sedimentology of the tidally-influenced fluvial zone.
CI Speedo International, £62k, 2010-2011: Form drag over novel swimsuits.
CI Yorkshire Water, £134k, 2010-2012: Telemetry Systems for Water Quality Quantification.
CI NERC, £704k, 2009-2012: The dynamics and sedimentology of submarine channel systems: a process-product approach.
CI NERC, £39k, 2009-2010: How does aquatic vegetation modify the kinematic & geometric characteristics of coherent flow structures in open channels?
CI NERC, £43k, 2008-2009: Development of a combined Lagrangian/Eulerian approach to understand coherent flow structures in gravel-bed rivers.
CI Exxon Mobil, US$68k, 2008-2011: Braid Bar sedimentology.
CI NERC, £634k, 2008-2010: Dynamics and deposits of braid-bars in the World's largest rivers: processes, morphology & subsurface sedimentology.
CI USA/Canadian Commission on St Clair River & USGS, US$110k, 2008-2009: Combined multibeam echo sounder & acoustic Doppler profiler mapping of the upper St Clair River: morphology, grain size, bedload transport paths & flow dynamics
PI Yorkshire Water, £29k, 2007-2008: Reservoir bathymetry, yield and sedimentation rate.
PI NERC Partnership Grant, £404k, 2006-2009: Development of multibeam echosounding for the quantitative monitoring of suspended sediment dynamics in aquatic environments.
CI NERC, £29k, 2003-2004: Three-dimensional quantification of coherent flow structures in large alluvial channels: a new approach using multibeam sounding.
PI NERC Fellowship, £104k, 2005-2009: The three-dimensionality of alluvial dunes: an integrated field, laboratory and numerical investigation.
PI Royal Society, Joint International Project, £15.5k, 2005-2007: Flow and sediment dynamics of the Rio Bermejo-Paraguay confluence.
CI NERC, £162k, 2004-2008: Flow structures and flow partitioning at river channel bifurcations.
Selected Invited/Keynote Speaker:
2011: Underwater Acoustic Measurements 2011: Monitoring Suspended Sediment dynamics with Multibeam Sonar in aquatic environments: a new tool for impact assessments
2010: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: Advances in monitoring the morphodynamics of large river systems
2009: International Conference on Fluvial Sedimentology IX: Rio Parana: the Father of the waters
2005: International Shallow Survey 2005: Using multibeam sonar water column data: new advances
2013: AGM British Sedimentological Research Group (140 attendees)
2013: International Conference on Fluvial Sedimentology (400 attendees)
2010: AGU – Session Chair – Large Rivers: What we do and don’t know
2009: World Universities Network – Research Development Fund – Virtual Seminar Series Chair
2008: AGU – Session Chair – Delta and Bifurcation Morphodynamics
2008: Marine Sandwave and River Dune Dynamics (87 attendees)
2003: British Sedimentological Research Group Annual Meeting (166 attendees)
Student Supervision (completed):
Ph.D Students Supervis(ed)ion: Dr Tao Wei (Leeds);Dr Robert Thomas (Leeds); Dr James Riley (Illinois);Mr Phil Kelman (Leeds); Mr Nicoals Yin (Leeds);Mr Tim Majorbanks (Durham);Mr Kevin Woodbridge, Ms Claire Keevil, Mr Chris Unsworth, Mr David Jordan6 MRes Students Supervis(ed)ion: Mr Wouter Marra (Leeds/ trecht), Mr Daniel Shugar (Guelph), Mr Chris Unsworth (Leeds)
Professional Society Membership:
American Geophysical Union (AGU); European Geosciences Union (EGU);
International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS);
British Sedimentological Research Group (BSRG);
British Society for Geomorphology (BSG);
International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR).