David Macdonald

Mr David Macdonald


Location: Wallingford

Tel: 01491 69 2306

E-mail David Macdonald


  •  2010 – ongoing : Head of Station, BGS Wallingford
  •  1989 – ongoing : Hydrogeologist, British Geological Survey
  •  1989 : MSc University of Newcastle, Water Resource Systems Engineering
  •  1984 –1988 : BSc University of Edinburgh, Geophysics


  • Groundwater resource assessment and management in the UK and internationally
  • Wide experience of project management in the UK and overseas
  • Information Technology, including: GIS, R, databasing, HTML
  • Communicating information on groundwater to non-specialists

Research interests

  • Groundwater flooding
  • Groundwater policy and management
  • Groundwater resource assessment
  • Raising awareness of groundwater issues

Current projects and collaboration

Professional association

  • Fellow of the Geological Society
  • Secretariat of the UK Groundwater Forum

Published outputs

Key papers

MACDONALD DMJ & EDMUNDS WM, 2014. Estimation of groundwater recharge in weathered basement aquifers, Southern Zimbabwe; a geochemical approach. Applied Geochemistry 42, 86–100.

MACDONALD DMJ, DIXON A, NEWELL AJ and HALLAWAYS A 2012.Groundwater flooding within an urbanised flood plain. Journal of Flood Risk Management, 5, 68–80.

TAYLOR R, TINDIMUGAYA C, BARKER JA, BARRETT M, MACDONALD DMJ, KULABAKO R, NALUBEGA M, EDWARDMARTIN R. 2010. Convergent radial tracing of ground water flow and storage in gneiss saprolite of Uganda. Ground Water, 48(2), 284-294.

MACDONALD AM, CALOW RC, Macdonald DMJ, DARLING WG, Ó DOCHARTAIGH BÉ. 2009. What impact will climate change have on rural water supplies in Africa? Hydrological Sciences Journal, 54(4).

MACDONALD DMJ, BLOOMFIELD JP, HUGHES AG, Macdonald, AM, ADAMS B, MCKENZIE AA. 2008. Improving the understanding of the risk from groundwater flooding in the UK. Proceedings of FLOODrisk 2008, European Conference on Flood Risk Management, Oxford, UK, 30 September to 2 October 2008. CRC Press, The Netherlands.

SMEDLEY PL, KINNIBURGH DG, MACDONALD DMJ, NICOLLI HB, BARROS AJ, TULLIO JO, PEARCE JM, ALONSO MS. 2005. Arsenic associations in sediments from the loess aquifer of La Pampa, Argentina. Applied Geochemistry, 20(5), 989-1016.

BUTTERWORTH JA, MACDONALD DMJ, BROMLEY J, SIMMONDS LP, LOVELL CJ, MUGABE F 1999. Hydrological processes and water resources management in a dryland environment III: Groundwater recharge and recession in a shallow weathered aquifer. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 3(3), 345-352.