Dr Andrew Farrant

Dr Andrew Farrant

Geologist and Karst Geomorphologist

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3184

E-mail Dr Andrew Farrant


  • 1991: BSc (Hons), University of Bristol, Geology
  • 1995: PhD, University of Bristol, Geographical Sciences
  • 1996: Research Assistant, Bristol University
  • 1996–present: Geologist, British Geological Survey

Research interests

  • Chalk mapping and modelling in southern England
  • Geology and geomorphology of the United Arab Emirates
  • Karst Geomorphology and hydrogeology
  • Landscape evolution and rates of landscape development
  • Use of geological mapping for geohazard assessment


  • 3D Geological modelling - GSI 3D
  • Arid zone geomorphology
  • Geological mapping, particularly UK Chalk and Quaternary terrains
  • Karst Geomorphology
  • Landscape evolution
  • Use of digital mapping technologies & GIS

Current projects and collaboration

  • 3D Geological modelling of the Chalk
  • Landscape evolution using U-Th and U-Pb dating of speleothems (Bristol University)
  • UAE Geological Mapping and palaeoclimate research (Oxford Brookes, Aberystwyth and Bristol Universities)

Published outputs

Key papers

Farrant, A. R., Duller, G. A., Parker, A. G., Roberts, H. M., Parton, A., Knox, R. W., & Bide, T. (2015). Developing a framework of Quaternary dune accumulation in the northern Rub'al-Khali, Arabia. Quaternary International.

Farrant, A. R., Noble, S. R., Barron, A. M., Self, C. A., & Grebby, S. R. (2015). Speleothem U-series constraints on scarp retreat rates and landscape evolution: an example from the Severn valley and Cotswold Hills gull-caves, UK. Journal of the Geological Society, 172(1), 63-76.

Farrant, A. R., Smith, C. J., Noble, S. R., Simms, M. J., & Richards, D. A. (2014). Speleogenetic evidence from Ogof Draenen for a pre‐Devensian glaciation in the Brecon Beacons, South Wales, UK. Journal of Quaternary Science, 29(8), 815-826.

Parton, A., Farrant, A. R., Leng, M. J., Telfer, M. W., Groucutt, H. S., Petraglia, M. D., & Parker, A. G. (2015). Alluvial fan records from southeast Arabia reveal multiple windows for human dispersal. Geology, 43(4), 295-298.

Farrant, A. R., Vranch, R. D., Ensom, P. C., Wilkinson, I. P., & Woods, M. A. (2014). New evidence of the Cretaceous overstep of the Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 125(1), 63-73.

Lacinska, A. M., Styles, M. T., & Farrant, A. R. (2014). Near-surface diagenesis of ophiolite-derived conglomerates of the Barzaman Formation, United Arab Emirates: a natural analogue for permanent CO2 sequestration via mineral carbonation of ultramafic rocks. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 392(1), 343-360.

Parton, A., Farrant, A. R., Leng, M. J., Schwenninger, J. L., Rose, J. I., Uerpmann, H. P., & Parker, A. G. (2013). An early MIS 3 pluvial phase in Southeast Arabia: Climatic and archaeological implications. Quaternary International, 300, 62-74.

Aldiss, D T.; Farrant, A R.; Hopson, P M.. 2012 Geological mapping of the Late Cretaceous Chalk Group of southern England : a specialised application of landform interpretation. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 123 (5). 728-741. 10.1016/j.pgeola.2012.06.005

Farrant, A.R.; Ellison, R.A.; Thomas, R.J.; Pharaoh, T.C.; Newell, A.J.; Goodenough, K.M.; Lee, J.R.; Knox, R.. 2012 The Geology and Geophysics of the United Arab Emirates. Volume 6, Geology of the western and central United Arab Emirates. British Geological Survey, 336pp. (The Geology and Geophysics of the United Arab Emirates, Memoirs, 6).

Macklin, S; Ellison, R; Manning, J; Farrant, A R; Leon, L. 2012 Engineering geological characterisation of the Barzaman Formation, with reference to coastal Dubai, UAE. Bulletin of Engineering Geology and Environment, 71 (1). 1-19. 10.1007/s10064-011-0369-4

Cooper, A H, Farrant, A R, and Price, S J. 2011. The use of karst geomorphology for planning, hazard avoidance and development in Great Britain. Geomorphology, Vol. 134, 118-131

Farrant, A R, and Smart, P L. 2011. Role of sediment in speleogenesis; sedimentation and paragenesis. Geomorphology, Vol. 134, 79-93.

Lane, N., Watts, A.B., Farrant, A.R., 2008. An analysis of Cotswold topography: insights into the landscape response to denudational isostasy: Journal of the Geological Society of London, Vol. 165 pt/no 1 p. 85-103

Maurice, L.D., Atkinson, T.C., Barker, J.A., Bloomfield, J.P., Farrant, A.R., Williams, A.T. 2006. Karstic behaviour of groundwater in the English Chalk: Journal of Hydrology Vol. 330 pt/no 1-2. p. 63-70.

Styles, M.T., Ellison, R.A., Arkley, S., Crowley, Q.G., Farrant, A.R., Goodenough, K.M., McKervey, J.A., Pharoah, T.C., Phillips, E.R., Schofield, D.I., Thomas, R.J., 2006. The geology and geophysics of the United Arab Emirates: Volume 2, Geology. Abu Dhabi: Ministry of Energy, United Arab Emirates (summary report).

Waltham, A.C., Simms, M.J., Farrant, A.R. and Goldie, H. 1997. Karst and Caves of Great Britain: Geological Conservation Review. Chapman and Hall. 358pp.

Farrant, A.R., Smart, P.L.. Whitaker F.W. and Tarling. D.H. 1995. Long-term Quaternary uplift rates inferred from limestone caves in Sarawak, Malaysia. Geology 23, 357-360.