Professor Benjamin Kneller
Professor Benjamin Kneller

Professor Benjamin Kneller

Emeritus Professor



BSc University of Sheffield 1981

Postgraduate Research Assistant, University of Aberdeen 1981-87

Post-doctoral Research Assistant, University of Sheffield, 1987-88

Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of Leeds, 1988-90

Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of Liverpool, 1990-91

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Leeds, 1991-95

Lectuter, University of Leeds, 1995-2000

Senior Researcher, Institute for Crustal Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2000-2004

Reader, University of Aberdeen, 2004-2006

Professor, University of Aberdeen, 2006-2018, Emeritus 2019-present.

Visiting Professor Chengdu University of Technology


  • PhD Geology 
    1988 - University of Sheffield 

Research Overview

My research has spanned a range of fields in geology, from tectonics and high-grade metamorphic rocks in the 1980s (Ashcroft et al., 1984, Nature, 310, 760-762) to modern seafloor processes (Zhang et al., 2018, Geology,, but has mainly focussed on deepwater depositional systems. 

Key publications include:

Kneller, B., Bozetti, G, Callow, R., Dykstra, M., Hansen, L. Kane, I., Li, P., McArthur, A., Santa Catharina., A., dos Santos, T. and Thompson, T., 2020. Architecture, process and environmental diversity in a late Cretaceous slope channel system. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 90, 1-26.

Zhang. Y., Liu, Z., Zhao, Y., Colin, C., Zhang, X., Wang, M., Zhao, S. and Kneller, B., 2018. Long-term in situ observations on typhoon-triggered deep-sea turbidity currents. Geology.

Kneller, B., Nasr-Azadani, M.M. & Meiburg, E. 2016. Long-range sediment transport in the world’s oceans by stably stratified turbidity currents. Journal of Geophysical Research, 121, 8608–8620. 

Kneller, B., Dykstra, M., Fairweather, L. and Milana, J-P., 2016, Mass-transport and slope accommodation: implications for turbidite sandstone reservoirs. AAPG Bulletin,100, 213–235. 

Meiburg M.E. & Kneller, B.C. 2010. Turbidity currents and their deposits. Annual Reviews of Fluid Mechanics, 42, 135-56

Kneller, B.C., Milana, J.P., BuckeeC.M, & al Ja’aidi, O.S., 2004. Depositional Record of Deglaciation in a Paleofjord (Late Carboniferous of San Juan Province, Argentina); the Role of Catastrophic Sedimentation. Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, 116, 348-367. 

Kneller, B.C., 2003. The influence of flow parameters on turbidite slope channel architecture. Marine & Petroleum Geology, 20, 901-910. 

Kneller, B.C. & Buckee, C.M., 2000. The structure and fluid mechanics of turbidity currents; a review of some recent studies and their geological implications. Sedimentology,47, (Supplement 1), 62-94. 

Kneller, B.C., Bennett, S.J., & McCaffrey, W.D., 1999. Velocity structure, turbulence and fluid stresses in experimental gravity currents. Journal of Geophysical Research, Oceans. 104, C3, 5281-5291. 

Kneller, B.C., 1995.  Beyond the turbidite paradigm: physical models for deposition of turbidites and their implications for reservoir prediction. InHartley A.J. & Prosser D.J.Characterisation of Deep Marine Clastic SystemsGeological Society of London Special Publication No 94, 31-49. 

Kneller, B.C., 1991.  A foreland basin on the southern margin of Iapetus. Journal of the Geological Society, London, 148, 207-210. 

Current Research

Current and upcoming research collaborations include:

1. Far-field effects of the Chicxulub bolide impact, north-western Mexico (with Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico; Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil; University of Leeds; University of Manchester)

2. Typhoon-triggered turbidity currents, and the Pleistocene Holocene record of gravity current activity in the Gaoping Canyon, offshore Taiwan (with Tongji University, Shanghai)

3. The record of initial continental collision of India and Asia int the trench basin of southern Tibet (with Nanjing Universoty, China)

4. Architecture of deepwater systems in the Cretaceous fore-arc basin of Tibet, mainly the Albian-Coniacian Ngamring Formation (with Chengdu University of Technology, China)

5. Interaction of gravity currents with topography - a laboratory study (with Zhejiang University, China)

6. Origin of carbonate megabeds within siliciclastic deepwater systems (with Universidad Nacional de San Juan; Universidad do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Brasil).


In addition to the collaborations listed under Current Research I am a collaborator with Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China.


I have supervised or co-supervised 36 PhD students, 27 as first supervisor. I currently (2021) co-supervise two PhD students in China.


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  • Sedimentological responses to initial continental collision: Triggering of sand injection and onset of mass movement in a syn-collisional trench basin, saga, southern tibet

    Liu, Q., Kneller, B., An, W., Hu, X.
    Journal of the Geological Society, vol. 178, no. 6, jgs2020-178
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Along-strike Quaternary morphological variation of the Baiyun Sag, South China Sea: The interplay between deltas, pre-existing morphology, and oceanographic processes

    Wang, X., Kneller, B., Wang, Y., Chen, W.
    Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 122, 104640
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Characterisation of submarine depression trails driven by upslope migrating cyclic steps: Insights from the Ceará Basin (Brazil)

    Maestrelli, D., Maselli, V., Kneller, B., Chiarella, D., Scarselli, N., Vannucchi, P., Jovane, L., Iacopini, D.
    Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 115, 104291
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Timing of the Late Palaeozoic glaciation in western Gondwana: New ages and correlations from Paganzo and Paraná basins

    Valdez Buso, V., Milana, J. P., di Pasquo, M., Paim, P. S. G., Philipp, R. P., Aquino, C. D., Cagliari, J., Junior, F. C., Kneller, B.
    Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, vol. 544, 109624
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Block generation, deformation and interaction of mass transport deposits with the seafloor: An outcrop-based study of the Carboniferous at Cerro Bola, NW Argentina

    Sobiesiak, M. S., Valdez Buso, V., Kneller, B. C., Alsop, G. I., Milana, J. P.
    Special Publications. American Geophysical Union, pp. 91-104
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
  • Supercritical flows overspilling from bypass-dominated submarine channels and the development of overbank bedforms

    McArthur, A., Kane, I., Bozetti, G., Hansen, L., Kneller, B. C.
    Depositional Record, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 21-40
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Architecture, process, and environmental diversity in a late cretaceous slope channel system

    Kneller, B., Bozetti, G., Callow, R., Dykstra, M., Hansen, L., Kane, I., Li, P., McArthur, A., Catharina, A. S., Dos Santos, T., Thompson, P.
    Journal of Sedimentary Research, vol. 90, no. 1, pp. 1-26
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Block generation, deformation, and interaction of mass-transport deposits with the seafloor: An outcrop‐based study of the carboniferous Paganzo Basin (Cerro Bola, NW Argentina)

    Sobiesiak, M. S., Buso, V. V., Kneller, B., Alsop, G. I., Milana, J. P.
    Submarine Landslides. Ogato, K., Festa, A., Pini, G. A. (eds.). AGU, pp. 91-104, 14 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Late Palaeozoic glacial cycles and subcycles in western Gondwana: Correlation of surface and subsurface data of the Paraná Basin, Brazil

    Valdez Buso, V., Aquino, C. D., Paim, P. S. G., Gomes Paim, P. S., Mori, A. L., Fallgatter, C., Milana, J. P., Kneller, B.
    Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, vol. 531, no. Part B, 108435
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Styles of basal interaction beneath mass transport deposits

    Sobiesiak, M. S., Kneller, B. C., Alsop, G. I., Milana, J. P.
    Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 98, pp. 629-639
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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