Dr Marco Bianchi

Dr Marco Bianchi

Research Fellow Scientist

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3136

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Marco Bianchi is currently a research fellow scientist at British Geological Survey. His research is focused on characterization of heterogeneity in geological media related to fluid flow and solute transport. Previously, he had been at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA) working on projects to assess the environmental impacts of CCS and geological disposal of nuclear waste. He received a Ph.D. degree in Geology at the University of Alabama (USA) in 2010. His Ph.D. research focused on studying the effect of connectivity of permeable sediments on solute transport in a heterogeneous alluvial aquifers.


  •  2014 – ongoing : Research Fellow Scientist, British Geological Survey, UK
  •  2011 –2014 : Postdoctoral Researcher, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,USA
  •  2010 : Ph.D., Earth Sciences Department, The University of Alabama, USA
  •  2002 : Laurea degree in Geology, Department of Earth Sciences, The University of Milan, Italy

Current projects and collaboration

  •  2014 –2017 : BGS Research Fellowship - Integration of geological and numerical models for improving simulations of fluid flow and solute transport in the subsurface

Research interests

  • Numerical modelling of fluid flow and solute transport in geological media
  • Characterization and representation of heterogeneity in geological media
  • Theoretical and field investigations of solute transport
  • Stochastic methods for the geosciences

Professional association

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • International association of Hydrogeologists (IAH)


  •  2014 : BGS Research Fellowship, British Geological Survey, UK
  •  2009 : Outstanding research by a Doctoral Student, The University of Alabama, USA
  •  2008 : Graduate Council Research/Creative Activity Fellowship, The University of Alabama, USA

Key papers

Bianchi, M, and Zheng, C. 2016. A lithofacies approach for modeling non-Fickian solute transport in a heterogeneous alluvial aquifer. Water Resources Research, 52, 552-565, doi:10.1002/2015WR018186.

Bianchi, M, Zheng, L, and Birkholzer, JT. 2016. Combining multiple lower-fidelity models for emulating complex model responses for CCS environmental risk assessment. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 46, 248-258.

Bianchi, M, Kearsey, T, and Kingdon, A. 2015. Integrating deterministic lithostratigraphic models in stochastic realizations of subsurface heterogeneity. Impact on predictions of lithology, hydraulic heads and groundwater fluxes. Journal of Hydrology 531, 557–573

Abdullah, C, Birkholzer, JT, and Bianchi, M. 2015. Optimal Well Placement and Brine Extraction for Pressure Management during CO2 Sequestration. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control,42, 175-187.

Zheng, L, Spycher, N, Varadharajan, C, Tinnacher, RM, Pugh JD, Bianchi, M, Birkholzer, JT, Nico, PS, and Trautz, R C. 2015. On the mobilization of metals by CO2 leakage into shallow aquifers: exploring release mechanisms by modeling field and laboratory experiments. Greenhouse Gas Science and Technology, doi: 10.1002/ghg.1493

Bianchi, M, Liu, HH, and Birkholzer, JT. 2015. Radionuclide transport behavior in a generic geological radioactive waste repository. Ground Water, 53, 440-451, doi: 10.1111/gwat.12171.

Trautz, R, Pugh, JD, Varadharajan, C, Zheng, L, Bianchi, M, Nico, PS, Spycher, NF, Newell, DL , Esposito, RA, Wu, Y, Dafflon, B, Hubbard, SS, and Birkholzer, JT. 2013. Effect of Dissolved CO2 on a Shallow Groundwater System—A Controlled Release Field Experiment. Environmental Science & Technology , 47(1), 298-305.

Bianchi, M, Liu, HH, and Birkholzer, JT. 2013. Equivalent diffusion coefficient of clay-rich geological formations: comparison between numerical and analytical estimates. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, 27(5), 1081-1091.

Bianchi, M, Zheng, C, Wilson, C, Tick, GR, Liu, G, and Gorelick SM. 2011. Spatial connectivity in a highly heterogeneous aquifer: From cores to preferential flow paths. Water Resources Research, 47, W05524, doi:10.1029/2009WR008966.

Zheng, C, Bianchi, M, and Gorelick, SM. 2011, Lessons Learned from 25 Years of Research at the MADE Site. Ground Water, 49(5), 649–662, doi: 10.1111/j.1745-6584.2010.00753.x

Bianchi, M, Zheng, C, Tick, GR, and Gorelick, SM. 2011. Investigation of small-scale preferential flow paths with a di2pole forced-gradient tracer test. Ground Water, 49(4), 503-514, doi: 10.1111/j.1745-6584.2010.00746.x.