Dr James Hunt is a marine geologist specialising in deep water sedimentology and geochemistry. Currently, he is the project manager and Knowledge Exchange contact for the NERC ARP Landslide-Tsunami project, and is based at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.
His main research areas are in turbidite sedimentology and submarine landslide dynamics, both with geohazard and hydrocarbon applications.
He completed undergraduate studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, with a BSc in Geology and then completed an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience at Imperial College London, working closely with Anadarko Algeria.
Subsequently, Dr Hunt went on to complete a PhD in Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton and National Oceanography Centre, studying the controls on submarine landslide occurrence and dynamics from evidence preserved in their associated sediment gravity flows.
To date his highest impact research has focused on resolving the dynamics of volcanic island landslides, the identification of many of these catastrophic events in the Canary Islands as being multistage failures, and the extend of the deposits across great swaths of the sea floor.
His continuing research is focusing on the climate and tectonic controls on turbidite basins and the use of both basin and canyon levee turbidite records to reconstruct landslide histories. He is also currently exploring the influences of carbon burial in deep water sediments and processes of sediment deposition from clay-rich suspensions.
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