Dr Mark Cave

Dr Mark Cave

Analytical Geochemist

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3526

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  •  2008 : MSc Sheffield Hallam University, Applied Statistics
  •  2001 – ongoing : Medical Geology Project Manager
  •  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


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

Research interests

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

Current projects and collaboration

Professional association

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

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.

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.