Marco Bianchi

Dr Marco Bianchi

Solute transport modeller
BGS Keyworth


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.

Marco Bianchi’s Biography

  • 2017 – ongoing: Solute transport modeller
  • 2014 – Research Fellow Scientist, British Geological Survey, UK
  • 2011 – 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



Current projects and collaborations

  • 2022 – Evaluation, Quantification and Identification of Pathways and Targets for the assessment of Shale Gas RISK (EQUIPT4RISK)
  • 2019 – 2021: Philippines Groundwater Outlook (PhiGO)
  • 2019 – 2021: Anomalous Transport in Geological Media: non-Fickian dispersion models and inversion – with Matteo Icardi and Bagus Muljadi (GERC – The University of Nottingham


NERC Open Research Archive — Marco Bianchi

Key papers

Bianchi, M, and Pedretti, D. 2017. Geological entropy and solute transport in heterogeneous porous media. Water Resources Research, 53(6), 4691–4708.
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


  • 2014 – BGS Research Fellowship, British Geological Survey, UK
  • 2009 – Outstanding research by a Doctoral Student, The University of Alabama, USA

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