Paul Hill's Research Page
OverviewWe study mud. Mud is the term for sediment with a mean grain diameter smaller than 63 micrometres. It is the dominant surface cover on the face of the Earth, yet we know astonishingly little about it. Our lack of knowledge derives from the complexity of mud as a substance. It comprises many small inorganic particles that freely bind with organic matter in the environment. This complex admixture has cohesive properties that fundamentally alter the packaging and transport of sediment grains in the natural world.
We take a multi-faceted approach to the study of mud. We use field studies to explore small-scale, basic processes of erosion, deposition and transport, and we use models to extend those basic findings to larger scale predictions regarding the fate of mud in the ocean.
I am always interested in finding eager students or collaborators to join in our research. As well, we are happy to share our data. Please contact me if you are interested.
Some Current Research Topics