Dr Michael Watts

Dr Michael Watts

Head of Inorganic Geochemistry

Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3042

E-mail Dr Michael Watts

ORCID: 0000-0003-0379-8

Boards and committees

  • Associate Professor, School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham since 2014.


  • 2012 – ongoing : Head of Inorganic Geochemistry laboratories
  • 2001 : Environmental Chemist - BGS
  • 2001 : PhD University of Surrey
  • 1998 : MSc University of Surrey
  • 1997 : BSc (Hons) Sheffield Hallam University and University of Lille

Current projects and collaboration

  • Environmental Geochemistry and Health in Africa - Kenya/Tanzania Spatial incidence of micronutrient deficiency related conditions (e.g. iodine deficiency, fluorosis, oesophageal cancer) in the Rift Valley. Evaluation of food supply, mechanisms for soil-to-plant transfer of micronutrients and metals (2015-2024). Upcoming work will link geochemistry on land with aquaculture biogeochemistry research in Lake Victoria through soil degradation/erosion, transfer of micronutrients and metals, with source apportionment - health of humans and ecosystem linking the two environments (2018-2024)
  • Royal Society DFID Africa Capacity Strengthening project for soil geochemistry. Investigation of soil-to-plant mechanisms and soil management strategies for micronutrient and metals in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe (2015-2021).
  • Royal Society funded project evaluating the impact of mine tailing exposure to nearby village dwellers in the Zambian Copperbelt (2018-2024).
  • Environmental Geochemistry and Health Africa - exposure to anthropogenic contaminants e.g. mercury from Gold mining in Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal. Series of PhD projects, linking pathways and implications for health with policy development (2018-2022).
  • Environmental risk of As and other metals in UK Groundwater and other exposure routes: Public Health England.

Professional association

  • President of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health - webmaster for www.segh.net
  • Royal Society of Chemistry Member
  • Coordinating editor for Environmental Geochemistry and Health - Springer Nature.
  • Coordinating editor for Scientific Reports, Springer Nature.

Published outputs

Research interests

  • Micronutrient deficiencies - linked to Food Security and human health
  • Ecosystem and human health - methods for assessing risk & routes of exposure to metals, in particular arsenic.
  • Elemental speciation / Specialist ICP-MS applications.