Dr Louise Ander

Environmental process geochemist
BGS Keyworth

Louise Ander’s Biography

  • Geochemist in the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry, BGS
  • Honorary lecturer in the School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham




ORCID: 0000-0003-3901-1949

Research interests

  • Applications of baseline geochemical data to understanding plant, livestock and human nutrition relationships.
  • Soil quality in urban and rural areas, and understanding causes of observed variations in inorganic chemistry.
  • Hydrogeochemistry – regional assessments of controls on inorganic water quality, especially in relation to private drinking water supplies.
  • Urban geochemical landscapes.

Current projects and collaborations

  • GeoNutrition project, funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2018 – 2021). GeoNutrition aims to inform strategies to alleviate micronutrient deficiencies (MNDs) primarily in Ethiopia and Malawi.
  • Materials to Land: Supporting better regulation and sustainable soil use decisions, NERC Innovation Project NE/P017010/1 (PI, 2017-2019).
  • Private water supplies in Wales: information to support public health priorities. NERC Innovation Project NE/N01751X/1(PI, 2016-2018).
  • Magnesium Network (MAG-NET): Linking Soil-Crop-Animal Pathways for Improved Ruminant Health. BBSRC Sustainable Agriculture Research Innovation Club (SARIC), BB/N004280/1 (PI, 2016-2019) Project webpage
  • Strengthening African capacity in soil geochemistry to inform agricultural and health policies, Royal Society – Department for International Development (RS-DFID), The Royal Society Africa Capacity Building Initiative – Programme Grant Round 1 (2015-2020) Project overview

Published outputs

NORA outputs list
Scopus Author ID 9238936800 outputs list
Normal Background Concentration (NBC) project resources
BGS Inorganic Geochemistry web pages

Key papers

Ander, E L, Watts, M J, Smedley, P L, Hamilton, E M, Close, R M, Crabbe, H, Fletcher, T, Rimmell, A, Studden, M, and Leonardi, G. 2016. Variability in the chemistry of private drinking water supplies, and the impact of domestic treatment systems on water quality. Environmental Geochemistry & Health, DOI: 10.1007/s10653-016-9798-0.
Joy, E J M, Kumssa, D B, Broadley, M R, Watts, M J, Young, S D, Chilimba, A D C, and Ander, E L. 2015. Dietary mineral supplies in Malawi: spatial and socioeconomic assessment. BMC Nutrition, Vol. 1, 1-25. 10.1186/s40795-015-0036-4
Joy, E J M, Stein, A J, Young, S D, Ander, E L, Watts, M J, and Broadley, M R. 2015. Zinc-enriched fertilisers as a potential public health intervention in Africa. Plant and Soil, Vol. 389, 1-24.
Lark, R M, Ander, E L, Cave, M R, Knights, K V, Glennon, M, and Scanlon, R. 2014. Estimating the risk of cobalt deficiency for grazing ruminants by cokriging soil cobalt and manganese concentrations. Geoderma, Vol. 226-227, 64-78.
Smedley, P L, Cooper, D M, Ander, E L, Milne, C J, and Lapworth, D J. 2014. Occurrence of molybdenum in British surface water and groundwater: distribution, controls and implications for water supply. Applied Geochemistry, Vol. 40, 144-154.
Ander, E L, Johnson, C C, Cave, M R, Palumbo-Roe, B, Nathanail, C P, and Lark, R M. 2013. Normal Background Concentrations of Contaminants in English Soils. Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 454-455, 604-618.
Hurst, R, Siyame, E, Young, S, Chilimba, A D C, Joy, E J M, Black, C R, Ander, E L, Watts, M J, Chilima, B, Gondwe, J, Kang’ombe, D, Stein, A J, Fairweather-Tait, S J, Gibson, R S, Kalimbira, A, and Broadley, M R. 2013. Soil-type influences human selenium status and underlies widespread selenium deficiency risks in Malawi. Scientific Reports, Vol. 3 (1425), 1-6.


  • GIS for data integration, interpretation and presentation.
  • Using databases to manage and integrate large/disparate datasets.
  • Statistics – for interpretation of geochemical and related datasets.


Professional associations

  • Geochemical Society member

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