Prof Daren Gooddy

Prof Daren Gooddy

Team Leader Groundwater Processes

Location: Wallingford

Tel: 01491 69 2328

E-mail Prof Daren Gooddy


  •  2016 : Honorary Professor Lancaster Environment Centre
  •  2008 : Team Leader of Groundwater Processes
  •  2003 – ongoing : Manager of the Groundwater Tracer Laboratories
  •  2003 : PhD, University College London
  •  1990 : BSc (Hons), Polytechnic South West
  •  1990 – ongoing : Environmental Chemist, British Geological Survey

Current projects and collaboration

Research interests

  • Groundwater recharge mechanisms
  • Groundwater residence indicators
  • Impact of agrochemicals and agricultural wastes on water quality
  • Biogeochemical cycling


  • Analytical Method Development
  • Groundwater Tracing Using Dissolved Gases
  • Hydrogeochemistry
  • Science Leadership

Professional association

  •  2014 : Editorial Board Science of the Total Environment
  •  2012 –2015 : Assistant Scientific Editor (Hydrogeology) Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology
  •  2010 : Associate Editor Applied Geochemistry
  •  2010 : Member of the NERC Peer Review College
  •  2009 : Associate Editor Ground Water
  •  2009 : Member of the International Association of Hydrogeologists
  •  2007 –2018 : Editorial board Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology
  •  2004 : CSci. Chartered Scientist
  •  2004 –2010 : Committee member of the Hydrogeology Group of the Geol Soc of London
  •  2004 : FGS. Fellow of the Geological Society of London
  •  1996 : CChem, MRSC. Chartered Chemist, Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Published outputs

Key papers

GOODDY DC, LAPWORTH DJ, BENNETT, SA, HEATON THE, WILLIAMS PJ and SURRIDGE BWJ. 2016. A multi-stable isotope framework to understand eutrophication in aquatic ecosystems. Water Research 88, 623-633

LAPWORTH, D J, STOLPE, B, WILLIAMS, P J, GOODDY, D C and LEAD, J R. 2013. Characterization of suboxic groundwater using a multi-method approach. Environmental Science and Technology 47, 2554-2561.

WANG, L, STUART, M E, BLOOMFIELD, J P, BUTCHER, A S, GOODDY, D C, MCKENZIE, A A, LEWIS, M A and WILLIAMS, A T. 2012. Prediction of the arrival of peak nitrate concentrations at the water table at the regional scale in Great Britain. Hydrological Processes 26, 226-239.

GOODDY DC, LAPWORTH DJ, ASCOTT MJ, BENNETT SA, HEATON THE AND SURRIDGE BWJ. 2015. Isotopic fingerprint for phosphorus in drinking water supplies. Environmental Science and Technology 49, 15, 9020-9028

AQULINA L, DE DREUZY J-R AND GOODDY DC. 2014. Dissolved gases in groundwater and groundwater dating methods: How useful for hydrogeological modeling? – Foreword to the special issue. Applied Geochemistry 50, 115-117.

KRALIK M, HUMER F, FANK J, HARUM T, KLAMMLER G, GOODDY D, SULTENFUß J, GERBER C AND PURTSCHERT R. 2014. Using 18O/2H, 3H/3He, 85Kr and CFCs to determine mean residence times and water origin in the Grsazer and Leibnitzer Feld groundwater bodies (Austria). Applied Geochemistry 50, 150-163.

CHAMBERS JE, WILKINSON PB, UHLEMAN S, SORENSEN, JPR, ROBERTS C, NEWELL AJ, WARD WOC, BINLEY A, WILLIAMS PJ, GOODDY DC, OLD G AND BAI L. 2014. Derivation of lowland riparian wetland deposit architecture using geophysical image analysis and interface detection. Water Resources Research 50, 7, 5886-5905. doi:10.1002/2014WR015643.

DAVIS CL, SURRIDGE BWJ AND GOODDY DC. 2014. Phosphate oxygen isotopes within aquatic ecosystems: Global data synthesis and future research priorities. Science of the Total Environment 496, 563-575.

GOODDY DC, MACDONALD DMJ, LAPWORTH DJ, BENNETT SA AND GRIFFITHS KJ. 2014. Nitrogen Sources, Transport and Processing in Peri-Urban Floodplains. 2014. Science of the Total Environment 494-495, 28-38.

RAWLINS BG, PALUMBO-ROE B, GOODDY DC, WORRALL F AND SMITH H. 2014. A model of potential carbon dioxide efflux from surface water across England and Wales using headwater stream survey data and landscape predictors. Biogeosciences 10, 16453-16459.

ALLEN DJ, DARLING WG, DAVIES J, NEWELL AJ, GOODDY DC AND COLLINS AL. 2014. Groundwater conceptual models: implications for evaluating diffuse pollution mitigation measures. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 47, 1, 65-80.

GREGORY, S P, MAURICE, L D, WEST, J M and GOODDY, D C. 2014. Microbial communities in UK aquifers: current understanding and future research needs. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology 47, 145-157

DARLING, W G, GOODDY, D C, MACDONALD, A M and MORRIS, B L. 2012. The practicalities of using CFCs and SF6 for groundwater dating and tracing. Applied Geochemistry 27, 9, 1688-1697.

STUART, M E, GOODDY, D C, BLOOMFIELD, J P and WILLIAMS, A T. 2011. A review of the impact of climate change on future nitrate concentrations in groundwater of the UK. Science of the Total Environment 409, 15, 2859-2873.

ALLEN, D J, DARLING, W G, GOODDY, D C, LAPWORTH, D J, NEWELL, A J, WILLIAMS, A T, ALLEN, D and ABESSER, C. 2010. Interaction between groundwater, the hyporheic zone and a Chalk stream: a case study from the River Lambourn, UK. Hydrogeology Journal 18, 5, 1125-1141.

DARLING, W G, GOODDY, D C, RICHES, J and WALLIS, I. 2010. Using environmental tracers to assess the extent of river-groundwater interaction in a quarried area of the English Chalk. Applied Geochemistry 25, 7, 923-932.

LAPWORTH, D J, GOODDY, D C, ALLEN, D and OLD, G H. 2009. Understanding groundwater, surface water, and hyporheic zone biogeochemical processes in a Chalk catchment using fluorescence properties of dissolved and colloidal organic matter. Journal of Geophysical Research 114, G00F02

GOODDY, D C, and HINSBY, K. 2008. Organic Quality of Groundwater. Natural Groundwater Quality. EDMUNDS W M and SHAND P (editors). Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, pp59-70.

LAPWORTH, D J, GOODDY, D C, BUTCHER, A S and MORRIS, B L. 2008. Tracing groundwater flow and sources of organic carbon in sandstone aquifers using fluorescence properties of dissolved organic matter (DOM). Applied Geochemistry 23, 3384-3390.

DARLING, W G and GOODDY, D C. 2007. Assessing the applicability of global CFC and SF6 input functions to groundwater dating in Britain. Science of the Total Environment 387, 353-362.

GOODDY, D C, KINNIBURGH, D G, and BARKER, J A. 2007. A rapid method for determining apparent diffusion coefficients in Chalk and other consolidated porous media. Journal of Hydrology, Vol. 343, 97-103.

GOODDY, D C, MATHIAS, S A, HARRISON, I, LAPWORTH, D J and KIM, A W. 2007. The significance of colloids in the transport of pesticides through Chalk. Science of the Total Environment 385, 262-271.

DARLING, W G and GOODDY, D C. 2006. The hydrogeochemistry of methane: evidence from English groundwaters. Chemical Geology 229, 293-312.

GOODDY, D C, DARLING, W G, ABESSER, C, and LAPWORTH, D J. 2006. Using chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) to characterise groundwater movement and residence time in a lowland chalk catchment. Journal of Hydrology Vol. 330, 44-52.

GOODDY, D C, STUART, M E, LAPWORTH, D J, CHILTON, P J, BISHOP, S, CACHANDT, G, KNAPP, M, and PEARSON, T. 2005. Pesticide Pollution of the Triassic Sandstone Aquifer of South Yorkshire. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology Vol. 38, 53-63.

GOODDY, D C, and DARLING, W G. 2005. The Potential for Methane Emissions from Groundwaters of the UK. Science of the Total Environment Vol. 339, 117-126.