Dr Marco Bianchi

Dr Marco Bianchi

Solute transport modeller

Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3136

E-mail Dr Marco Bianchi

ORCID: 0000000290235385


Marco Bianchi is a solute transport modeller at the British Geological Survey. His research is mainly focused on characterisation of heterogeneity in geological media and studying its impact on fluid flow and solute transport.


  • 2017 – ongoing : Solute transport modeller
  • 2014 –2017 : 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


  • 2014 –2017 : 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 Pedretti, D. (2017). Geological entropy and solute transport in heterogeneous porous media. Water Resources Research, 53(6), 4691–4708. https://doi.org/10.1002/2016WR020195
  • 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, C, Wilson, C, Tick, G R, Liu, G, and Gorelick, S M. (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, S M. (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

Published outputs

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