Dr Bentje Brauns

Dr Bentje Brauns


Location: BGS Wallingford

Tel: 01491 69 2331

E-mail Dr Bentje Brauns

ORCID: 0000-0002-1103-9

Research interests

  • Water resources in Africa and Asia - recharge, water quality, impacts from agricultural activities
  • Water management (especially in developing countries), waster scarcity issues and groundwater drought
  • Surface water-groundwater interactions and hyporheic zone processes
  • Tracer tests

Current projects and collaboration

  • CEPHaS: Understand impacts of conservation agriculture on soil and water in southern Africa (Supported by GCRF)
  • The European Groundwater Drought Initiative (GDI) : Assessment and modelling groundwater drought across Europe, investigate the impacts of groundwater drought, and build a community to grow our understanding of groundwater drought (NERC-funded)
  • UPSCAPE contribution: Groundwater recharge processes and urban surface water-groundwater interactions in Bangalore, India (Newton-Babba funded)
  • Study of the hyporheic zone in areas of groundwater-surface water connectivity in the Skerne Catchment. EA-BGS collaboration


  • 2017 – ongoing : Hydrogeologist, British Geological Survey
  • 2016 –2017 : Postdoc, Technical University of Denmark
  • 2012 –2016 : PhD, Technical University of Denmark & Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2008 –2011 : MSc University of Gottingen, Hydrogeology & Environmental Sciences
  • 2005 –2008 : BSc Brandenburg Tech. Univ., Environmental & Resource Management

Key papers

Professional association

  • 2019 : International Association of Hydrogeologist


  • Hydrogeology, Hydrogeochemistry
  • Water quality and recharge studies: design and field implementation
  • Visualisation and data analysis using R, data management