Dr Louise Maurice

Senior Hydrogeologist

Location: Wallingford

Tel: 01491 69 2551

E-mail Dr Louise Maurice


  •  2007 – ongoing : Hydrogeologist, British Geological Survey
  •  2003 –2008 : PhD — Investigations of rapid groundwater flow and karst in the Chalk. University College London
  •  2003 –2007 : Research Assistant, Hydrogeology and tracer testing, University College London
  •  1999 –2003 : Research Assistant, Karst hydrogeology, Bristol University
  •  1998 –1999 : Environmental Geologist, Johnson, Poole and Bloomer
  •  1997 –1998 : MSc Applied Environmental Geology, Cardiff University
  •  1996 –1997 : Assistant instructor, Kilvrough Manor outdoor education centre
  •  1993 –1996 : BSc Geology and Geography, Birmingham University

Current projects and collaboration

Research interests

  • Karst hydrogeology
  • Tracer testing using artificial tracers (fluorescent dyes, bacteriophages, DNA, fluorescent microspheres, SF6 gas)
  • Permeability and fracture distributions
  • Groundwater ecology

Commissioned reports

  •  2016 : Farrant, A.R., Woods, M.A., Maurice, L., Haslam, R., Raines, M., and Kendall, R., 2016. Geology of the Kilham area and its influence on groundwater flow. British Geological Survey commissioned report CR/16/023
  •  2012 : Maurice, L., Palumbo-Roe, B., Williams, A.T., Banks, V., Lapworth D. 2012. Tracer test feasibility assessment: Frongoch Mine Tailings Lagoon. OR/12/035, 15 pp.
  •  2008 : Maurice, L., Barron, A.J.M., Lewis, M.A., and Robins, N.S. 2008.  The geology and hydrogeology of the Jurassic limestones in the Stroud-Cirencester area with particular reference to the position of the groundwater divide.  British Geological Survey commissioned report CR/08/146.  114pp.

Published outputs

Key papers

Maurice, L., Robertson, A.R., White, D., Knight, L., Johns, T., Edwards, F., Arietti, M., Sorensen J.P.R., Weitowitz, D., Marchant, B.P., and Bloomfield, J.P., 2016. The invertebrate ecology of the Chalk aquifer in England (UK). Hydrogeology Journal 24 (2), 459-474.

Johns, T., Jones, I., Knight, L., Maurice, L., Wood, P., Robertson, A., 2015. Regional scale drivers of groundwater faunal distributions. Freshwater Science 34 (1) DOI 10.1086/678460.

McInerney, C.E., Maurice, L., Robertson A.L., Knight, L.R.F.D.., Arnsheidt, J., Venditti, C., Dooley, J.S.G., Mathers, T., Matthijs, S., Erikkson, K., Proudlove, G., Hanfling, B., 2014. The Ancient Britons: Groundwater fauna survived extreme climate changes over tens of millions of years across NW Europe. Molecular Ecology 23, 1153-1166 doi:10.1111/mec.12664.

Taylor, Richard G.; Todd, Martin C.; Kongola, Lister; Maurice, Louise; Nahozya, Emmanuel; Sanga, Hosea; MacDonald, Alan M.. 2013 Evidence of the dependence of groundwater resources on extreme rainfall in East Africa. Nature Climate Change, 3. 374-378. 10.1038/nclimate1731

Sorensen, J.P.R., Maurice, L., Edwards, F.K., Lapworth, D.J., Read, D.S., Allen, D., Butcher, A.S., Newbold, L.K., Townsend, B.R., and Williams, P.J., 2013. Using boreholes as windows into groundwater ecosystems. Plos One, 8 (7), e70264.

MacDonald, A.M., Maurice, L., Dobbs, M.R., Reeves, H.J., Auton, C.A., 2012. Relating in situ hydraulic conductivity, particle size and relative density of superficial deposits in a heterogeneous catchment. Journal of Hydrology. 434-435, 130-141

Maurice, L. and Bloomfield, J. 2012. Stygobitic invertebrates in groundwater – a review of current knowledge from a hydrogeological perspective. Freshwater Reviews. 5 (1), 51-71.

Maurice, L.D., Atkinson, T.C., Barker, Williams, A.T., and Gallagher, A. 2012. The nature and distribution of flowing features in a porous limestone aquifer with small-scale karstification. Journal of Hydrology. 438-439, 3-15. 

Maurice, L., Barker, J.A., Atkinson, T.C., Williams, A.T., and Smart, P.L. 2011. A tracer methodology for identifying flow in and across boreholes. Ground Water. 49 (2), 227-238.

Maurice, L., Packman, M., and Shaw, P. 2011. Hydrogeology and water resources of the Isle of Wight. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology. 44, 159-171.

Stuart, M.E., Maurice, L., Heaton T.H.E., Sapiano, M., Gooddy, D.C., and Chilton, P.J. 2010.  Groundwater residence time and movement in the Maltese islands A geochemical approach.  Applied Geochemistry .25 (5) 609-620. 

Maurice, L.D., Atkinson, T.C., Williams, A.T., Barker, and Farrant, A.R. 2010.  Catchment Scale tracer testing from karstic features in a porous limestone. Journal of Hydrology. 389 (1-2) 31-4.

Maurice, L.D., Atkinson, T.C., Barker, J.A., Bloomfield, J.P., Farrant, A.R., and Williams, A.T. 2006. Karstic behaviour of groundwater in the English Chalk. Journal of Hydrology. 330(1-2) 63-70.