Dr Mark Cave

Dr Mark CaveGeochemical Baselines and Medical Geology/Medical Geology Project Manager

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 9363526

E-mail Dr Mark Cave


  • 2001–current: Medical Geology Project Manager
  • 2008: MSc  Sheffield Hallam University, Applied Statistics
  • 1984–2001: Manager of BGS Aqueous Analytical Laboratories
  • 1982–1983: Atomic Spectroscopy Specialist, Perkin-Elmer
  • 1981–1982: Post Doc University of Massachusetts,  Atomic Spectroscopy
  • 1980: PhD Sheffield Hallam University, Atomic Spectroscopy
  • 1977: BSc Imperial College London, Chemistry

Research interests

  • Medical Geology
  • Bioaccessibility of potentially harmful substances in soil
  • Multivariate statistical methods for geochemical interpretation
  • Measurement of Uncertainty in Geoscience models


  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Medical Geology
  • Statistical Analysis of Environmental Data
  • Programming in R and Matlab

Current projects and collaboration

Professional association

  • Member of  the Royal Society of Chemistry and Chartered Chemist
  • Chartered Scientist
  • Chairman of the Bioaccessibility Research Group of Europe (BARGE)

Published outputs

Key Papers

CAVE, M R, WRAGG, J, HARRISON, I, VANE, C H, WIELE, T V D, GROEVE, E D, NATHANAIL, C P, ASHMORE, M, THOMAS, R, ROBINSON, J, and DALY, P. 2010. Comparison of Batch Mode and Dynamic Physiologically Based Bioaccessibility Tests for PAHs in Soil Samples. Environmental Science & Technology, Vol. 44, 2654-2660.

LELLIOTT, M R, CAVE, M R, and WEALTHALL, G P. 2008. A structured approach to the measurement of uncertainty in 3D geological models. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, Vol. 42, 95-106.

WRAGG, J, CAVE, M R, and NATHANAIL, P R. 2007. A Study of the relationship between Arsenic bioaccessibility and its solid phase distribution in soils from Wellingborough, UK. Journal of Environmental Science & Health Part A, Vol. 42, 1303-1315.

VAN DE WIELE, T R, OOMEN, A G, WRAGG, J, CAVE, M, MINEKUS, M, HACK, A, CORNELIS, C, ROMPELBERG, C J M, DE ZWART, L L, KLINCK, B, VAN WIJNEN, J, VERSTRAETE, W, and SIPS, A J A M. 2007. Comparison of five in vitro digestion models to in vivo experimental results: Lead bioaccessibility in the human gastrointestinal tract. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A, Vol. 42, 1203 - 1211.

SANTAMARIA-FERNANDEZ, R, CAVE, M R, and HILL, S J. 2006. Trace metal distribution in the Arosa estuary (N.W. Spain): The application of a recently developed sequential extraction procedure for metal partitioning. Analytica Chimica Acta, Vol. 557, 344-352.

PALUMBO-ROE, B, CAVE, M R, KLINCK, B A, WRAGG, J, TAYLOR, H, O'DONNELL, K, and SHAW, R A. 2005. Bioaccessibility of arsenic in soils developed over Jurassic ironstones in eastern England. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, Vol. 27, 121-130.

CAVE, M R, MILODOWSKI, A E, and FRIEL, E N. 2004. Evaluation of a method for Identification of Host Physico-chemical Phases for Trace Metals and Measurement of their Solid-Phase Partitioning in Soil Samples by Nitric Acid Extraction and Chemometric Mixture Resolution. Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis, Vol. 4, 71-86.