Dr Louise Ander

Environmental Process Geochemist

Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3606

E-mail Dr Louise Ander


  • Geochemist in the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry, BGS
  • Honorary lecturer in the School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham

Research interests

  • Applications of baseline geochemical data to understanding plant, livestock and human nutrition relationships.
  • Soil quality in urban and rural areas, and understanding causes of observed variations in inorganic chemistry.
  • Hydrogeochemistry - regional assessments of controls on inorganic water quality, especially in relation to private drinking water supplies.
  • Urban geochemical landscapes.


  • GIS for data integration, interpretation and presentation
  • Using databases to manage and integrate large/disparate datasets.
  • Statistics - for interpretation of geochemical and related datasets.

Professional association

  • Geochemical Society member

Current projects and collaboration

  • GeoNutrition project, funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2018 - 2021). GeoNutrition aims to inform strategies to alleviate micronutrient deficiencies (MNDs) primarily in Ethiopia and Malawi.
  • Materials to Land: Supporting better regulation and sustainable soil use decisions, NERC Innovation Project NE/P017010/1 (PI, 2017-2019)
  • Private water supplies in Wales: information to support public health priorities. NERC Innovation Project NE/N01751X/1(PI, 2016-2018)
  • Magnesium Network (MAG-NET): Linking Soil-Crop-Animal Pathways for Improved Ruminant Health. BBSRC Sustainable Agriculture Research Innovation Club (SARIC), BB/N004280/1 (PI, 2016-2019) Project webpage
  • Strengthening African capacity in soil geochemistry to inform agricultural and health policies, Royal Society - Department for International Development (RS-DFID), The Royal Society Africa Capacity Building Initiative - Programme Grant Round 1 (2015-2020) Project overview


Published outputs

Key papers

  • ANDER, E L, WATTS, M J, SMEDLEY, P L, HAMILTON, E M, CLOSE, R M, CRABBE, H, FLETCHER, T, RIMMELL, A, STUDDEN, M, AND LEONARDI, G. 2016. Variability in the chemistry of private drinking water supplies, and the impact of domestic treatment systems on water quality. Environmental Geochemistry & Health, DOI: 10.1007/s10653-016-9798-0.
  • JOY, E J M, KUMSSA, D B, BROADLEY, M R, WATTS, M J, YOUNG, S D, CHILIMBA, A D C, AND ANDER, E L. 2015. Dietary mineral supplies in Malawi: spatial and socioeconomic assessment. BMC Nutrition, Vol. 1, 1-25. 10.1186/s40795-015-0036-4
  • JOY, E J M, STEIN, A J, YOUNG, S D, ANDER, E L, WATTS, M J, AND BROADLEY, M R. 2015. Zinc-enriched fertilisers as a potential public health intervention in Africa. Plant and Soil, Vol. 389, 1-24.
  • LARK, R M, ANDER, E L, CAVE, M R, KNIGHTS, K V, GLENNON, M, AND SCANLON, R. 2014. Estimating the risk of cobalt deficiency for grazing ruminants by cokriging soil cobalt and manganese concentrations. Geoderma, Vol. 226-227, 64-78.
  • SMEDLEY, P L, COOPER, D M, ANDER, E L, MILNE, C J, AND LAPWORTH, D J. 2014. Occurrence of molybdenum in British surface water and groundwater: distribution, controls and implications for water supply. Applied Geochemistry, Vol. 40, 144-154.
  • ANDER, E L, JOHNSON, C C, CAVE, M R, PALUMBO-ROE, B, NATHANAIL, C P, AND LARK, R M. 2013. Normal Background Concentrations of Contaminants in English Soils. Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 454-455, 604-618.
  • HURST, R, SIYAME, E, YOUNG, S, CHILIMBA, A D C, JOY, E J M, BLACK, C R, ANDER, E L, WATTS, M J, CHILIMA, B, GONDWE, J, KANG'OMBE, D, STEIN, A J, FAIRWEATHER-TAIT, S J, GIBSON, R S, KALIMBIRA, A, AND BROADLEY, M R. 2013. Soil-type influences human selenium status and underlies widespread selenium deficiency risks in Malawi. Scientific Reports, Vol. 3 (1425), 1-6.