Dr James Hunt

Marine Geoscience
+44 (0)23 8059 6576

My primary research is on submarine mass movements, including landslides and their associated turbidity currents. I am experienced in studying modern and ancient turbidite systems globally, working on fans and open basin settings. My most recent research has focused on turbidites sourced from Canary Island and Northwest African submarine landslides. The results of these studies have highlighted that the last eight large-volume collapses from the Canary Islands have been multistage failures. My on-going research includes the effects of landsliding on eruptive cycles of submarine islands, focussing on study areas in the Canary Islands and Monserrat. I am also currently studying turbidite records in the Iberian and Northwest African canyon systems and their adjacent deep sea basins. Following my interest in turbidites, I am active in researching the geometry and facies distributions within sheet and fan turbidite systems. In particular I am working on the association of particular facies with depositional processes, iincluding linked-debrites [hybrid flows] and fluid muds. Currently, I am working on the £2.3M NERC Arctic Landslide-Tsunami project and the £5M EU FP7 ASTARTE project, both of which are aiming to assess landslide-tsunami recurrence and coastal resilience to inundation.


Committee and Board Memberships: 

BSRG Member since 2008



Pope, Ed L.; Talling, Peter J.; Carter, Lionel; Clare, Michael A.; Hunt, James E.. 2017 Damaging sediment density flows triggered by tropical cyclones. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 458. 161-169.10.1016/j.epsl.2016.10.046
Allin, Joshua R.; Hunt, James E.; Talling, Peter J.; Clare, Michael A.; Pope, Ed; Masson, Douglas G.. 2016 Different frequencies and triggers of canyon filling and flushing events in Nazaré Canyon, offshore Portugal. Marine Geology, 371. 89-105.10.1016/j.margeo.2015.11.005
Coussens, Maya; Wall-Palmer, Deborah; Talling, Peter J.; Watt, Sebastian F.L.; Cassidy, Michael; Jutzeler, Martin; Clare, Michael A.; Hunt, James E.; Manga, Michael; Gernon, Thomas M.; Palmer, Martin R.; Hatter, Stuart J.; Boudon, Georges; Endo, Daisuke; Fujinawa, Akihiko; Hatfield, Robert; Hornbach, Matthew J.; Ishizuka, Osamu; Kataoka, Kyoko; Le Friant, Anne; Maeno, Fukashi; McCanta, Molly; Stinton, Adam J.. 2016 The relationship between eruptive activity, flank collapse, and sea level at volcanic islands: A long-term (>1 Ma) record offshore Montserrat, Lesser Antilles. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 17 (7). 2591-2611.10.1002/2015GC006053
Pope, Ed L.; Talling, Peter J.; Hunt, James E.; Dowdeswell, Julian A.; Allin, Joshua R.; Cartigny, Matthieu J.B.; Long, David; Mozzato, Alessandro; Stanford, Jennifer D.; Tappin, David R.; Watts, Millie. 2016 Long-term record of Barents Sea Ice Sheet advance to the shelf edge from a 140,000 year record. Quaternary Science Reviews, 150. 55-66.10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.08.014
Pope, E.L.; Talling, P.J.; Urlaub, M.; Hunt, J.E.; Clare, M.A.; Challenor, P.. 2015 Are large submarine landslides temporally random or do uncertainties in available age constraints make it impossible to tell? Marine Geology, 369. 19-33.10.1016/j.margeo.2015.07.002
Hunt, J.E.; Talling, P.J.; Clare, M.A.; Jarvis, I.; Wynn, R.B.. 2014 Long-term (17 Ma) turbidite record of the timing and frequency of large flank collapses of the Canary Islands. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 15 (8). 3322-3345.10.1002/2014GC005232
Clare, Michael A.; Talling, Peter J.; Challenor, Peter; Malgesini, Guiseppe; Hunt, James. 2014 Distal turbidites reveal a common distribution for large (>0.1 km3) submarine landslide recurrence. Geology, 42 (3). 263-266.10.1130/G35160.1
Talling, Peter; Clare, Michael; Urlaub, Morelia; Pope, Ed; Hunt, James; Watt, Sebastian. 2014 Large Submarine Landslides on Continental Slopes: Geohazards, Methane Release, and Climate Change. Oceanography, 27 (2). 32-45.10.5670/oceanog.2014.38
Wynn, Russell B.; Huvenne, Veerle A.I.; Le Bas, Timothy P.; Murton, Bramley J.; Connelly, Douglas P.; Bett, Brian J.; Ruhl, Henry A.; Morris, Kirsty J.; Peakall, Jeffrey; Parsons, Daniel R.; Sumner, Esther J.; Darby, Stephen E.; Dorrell, Robert M.; Hunt, James E.. 2014 Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs): their past, present and future contributions to the advancement of marine geoscience. Marine Geology, 352. 451-468.10.1016/j.margeo.2014.03.012
Stevenson, Christopher J.; Talling, Peter J.; Wynn, Russell B.; Masson, Douglas G.; Hunt, James E.; Frenz, Michael; Akhmetzhanhov, Andrey; Cronin, Bryan T.. 2013 The flows that left no trace: Very large-volume turbidity currents that bypassed sediment through submarine channels without eroding the sea floor. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 41. 186-205.10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2012.02.008
Masson, D.G.; Arzola, R.G.; Wynn, R.B.; Hunt, J.E.; Weaver, P.P.E.. 2011 Seismic triggering of landslides and turbidity currents offshore Portugal. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 12. Q12011.10.1029/2011GC003839
Hunt, James E.; Wynn, Russell B.; Masson, Douglas G.; Talling, Peter J.; Teagle, Damon A.H.. 2011 Sedimentological and geochemical evidence for multistage failure of volcanic island landslides: A case study from Icod landslide on north Tenerife, Canary Islands. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 12. Q12007.10.1029/2011GC003740

Book section

Clare, M.A.; Talling, P.J.; Challenor, P.G.; Hunt, J.E.. 2016 Tempo and triggering of large submarine landslides: statistical analysis for hazard assessment. In: Lamarche, G.; et al, ., (eds.)Submarine Mass Movements and their Consequences: 7th International Symposium. Cham, Switzerland, Springer International, 509-517, 621pp. (Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, 41).
Hunt, J.E.; Romano, E.; Ausili, A.; Bergamin, L.; Rothwell, R.G.. 2015 X-Ray Core Scanners as an Environmental Forensics Tool: A Case Study of Polluted Harbour Sediment (Augusta Bay, Sicily). In: Croudace, I.W.; Rothwell, R.G., (eds.)Micro-XRF Studies of Sediment Cores: Applications of a non-destructive tool for the environmental sciences. Dordrecht, The Netherlands, Springer, 393-421, 688pp.
Hunt, J.E.; Maclachlan, S.E.; Croudace, I.W.. 2015 An Empirical Assessment of Variable Water Content and Grain-Size on X-Ray Fluorescence Core-Scanning Measurements of Deep Sea Sediments. In: Croudace, I.W.; Rothwell, R.G., (eds.)Micro-XRF Studies of Sediment Cores: Applications of a non-destructive tool for the environmental sciences. Dordrecht, The Netherlands, Springer, 173-185, 688pp.
Hunt, J.E.; Croudace, I.W.; Maclachlan, S.E.. 2015 Use of calibrated ITRAX XRF data in determining geochemistry and provenance in Agadir Basin, Northwest African Passive Margin. In: Croudace, I.W.; Rothwell, R.G., (eds.)Micro-XRF Studies of Sediment Cores: Applications of a non-destructive tool for the environmental sciences. Dordrecht, The Netherlands, Springer, 127-146, 688pp.
Hunt, J.E.; Wynn, R.B.; Croudace, I.W.. 2015 Identification, Correlation and Origin of Multistage Landslide Events in Volcaniclastic Turbidites in the Moroccan Turbidite System. In: Croudace, I.W.; Rothwell, R.G., (eds.)Micro-XRF Studies of Sediment Cores: Applications of a non-destructive tool for the environmental sciences. Dordrecht, The Netherlands, Springer, 147-172, 688pp.