Dr Catherine Russell

Catherine RussellHonorary Fellow

Direct Contact:
: +44 (0)116 229 7261
E: cr295@le.ac.uk

Research Interests

My research is primarily in fluvial sedimentology; my technical expertise is in the development of innovative multi-disciplinary approaches (geology, geomorphology, and remote sensing), for analysis of sediment distribution and internal architecture of fluvial systems on both Earth and Mars. My research aims to determine fluvial architectures, their formational processes, and preservational bias in the ancient record. Amongst the natural factors that impact river systems and their deposits, are those of anthropogenic origin. As such, I study how humans have come to impact river systems, and what the long-term consequences of such actions may be.


  • 1st year Introductory Field Course - Isle of Arran
  • 1st year Tutorial Workshops
  • 2nd year Depositional Processes and Environments
  • 3rd year Concepts in Sedimentology and Stratigraphy with Applications to Reservoir Geoscience
  • 3rd year Planetary Science
  • 3rd year Dissertation Supervisor
  • 3rd year Field-based Project Supervisor
  • 4th year Advanced Field Course - Sicily, Italy
  • 4th year Fundamentals of GIS
  • 4th year Masters Research Project Supervisor


  • Russell C. E., Waters C. N., Williams M., Himson S., Holmes R., Burns A. and Zalasiewicz J. 2021. Geological Evolution of the Mississippi River into the Anthropocene, Anthropocene Review

  • Gabbott, S.E., Key, S., Russell, C., Yohan, Y. Zalasiewicz, J. 2020. The Geography and Geology of Plastics: environmental distribution and fate. Plastic Waste and Recycling: Environmental Impact, Societal Issues and the Circular Economy. Elsevier.
  • Banks V.J., Palumbo-Roe B. and Russell C.E. (2019). 'The Hyporheic Zone' in "Hydrology - The Science of Water," 978-1-83880-324-7. IntechOpen. UK.
  • Weirdt J.D., Vandenbroucke T.R.A., Cocq J., Russell C., Davies J.R., Melchin M. and Zalasiewicz J. (2019). Chitinozoan biostratigraphy of the Rheidol Gorge Section, Central Wales, UK: a GSSP replacement candidate for the Rhuddanian-Aeronian boundary. Papers in Palaeontology.
  • Russell C.E., Mountney N.P., Hodgson D. and Colombera L. (2018). A novel approach for prediction of lithological heterogeneity in fluvial point-bar deposits from analysis of meander morphology and scroll-bar pattern. In: Fluvial Meanders and their Sedimentary Products in the Rock Record (Eds Ghinassi M., Colombera L., Mountney N.P. and Reesink A.J.H), IAS Special Publication, 48, 385-417.
  • Melchin, M.J., Davies, J.R., De Weirdt, J., Russell, C., Vandenbroucke, T.R.A. and Zalasiewicz, J.A. (2018) Integrated stratigraphic study of the Rhuddanian-Aeronian (Llandovery, Silurian) boundary succession at Rheidol Gorge, Wales : a preliminary report. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 16pp. (OR/18/139) (Unpublished)
  • Russell C.E., 2017. Prediction of sedimentary architecture and lithological heterogeneity in fluvial point-bar deposits. Doctoral dissertation, University of Leeds. 351 pp.
  • Colombera, L., Mountney, N.P., Russell, C.E., Shiers, M.N. and McCaffrey, W.D. (2017). Geometry and compartmentalization of fluvial meander-belt reservoirs at the barform scale: quantitative insight from outcrop, modern and subsurface analogues. Marine and Petroleum Geology82, 35–55.
  • Russell, C.E., Vandenbroucke, T.R.A., Zalasiewicz, J.A., Williams, M., Davies, J.R., Waters, R.A. and Molyneux, S.G. (2013). The Rheidol Gorge (central Wales) as potential stratotype for the Rhuddanian-Aeronian stage boundary: a progress report. In LINDSKOG, A. & MEHLQVIST, K. 2013. Proceedings of the 3rd IGCP 591 Annual Meeting – Lund, Sweden, 9–19 June 2013, Lund University, 285–286.
  • Zalasiewicz, J., Russell, C., Snelling, A. and Williams, M. (2011). The systematic relationship of the monograptid species acinaces Törnquist, 1899 and rheidolensis Jones, 1909. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, 58, 351-356.


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