Dr Andrew Newell

Senior geologist
BGS Wallingford

Andrew Newell’s Biography

  • 1996 : Senior Geologist, British Geological Survey
  • 1993 –1996 : Gibb Deep Geology Group, Sellafield, UK
  • 1992 : PhD Sedimentology, Queen’s University Belfast
  • 1988 : BSc (Hons) Geology, Queen’s University Belfast

Current projects and collaborations

  • 3D geological modelling of the UK
  • Application of next-generation implicit geological modelling techniques
  • Cenozoic stratigraphy and structural evolution of the United Arab Emirates
  • Evolution of the Himalayan foreland basin
  • Groundwater-surface water interaction in the Chalk streams of the UK
  • Holocene evolution of chalkland streams
  • In Salah CO2 storage, Algeria
  • Permo-Triassic terrestrial systems of the UK and Russia

Key papers

  • 2017 : Habib, A., Sorensen, J.P., Bloomfield, J.P., Muchan, K., Newell, A.J., Butler, A.P., 2017. Temporal scaling phenomena in groundwater-floodplain systems using robust detrended fluctuation analysis. Journal of Hydrology, 549, 715-730
  • 2017 : Newell, A.J., 2017. Evolving stratigraphy of a Middle Triassic fluvial-dominated sheet sandstone: The Otter Sandstone Formation of the Wessex Basin (UK). Geological Journal, 1–19. https://doi.org/10.1002/gj.3026
  • 2017 : Newell, A.J., 2017. Rifts, rivers and climate recovery: A new model for the Triassic of England. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pgeola.2017.04.001.
  • 2017 : Walker, F.M., Dunhill, A.M., Woods, M.A., Newell, A.J., Benton, M.J., 2017. Assessing sampling of the fossil record in a geographically and stratigraphically constrained dataset: the Chalk Group of Hampshire, southern UK. Journal of the Geological Society 174, 509-521.
  • 2016 : Newell, A.J., Shariatipour, S.M., 2016. Linking outcrop analogue with flow simulation to reduce uncertainty in sub-surface carbon capture and storage: an example from the Sherwood Sandstone Group of the Wessex Basin, UK. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 436, 231-246.
  • 2016 : Newell, A.J., Vane, C.H., Sorensen, J.P., Moss‐Hayes, V., Gooddy, D.C., 2016. Long‐term Holocene groundwater fluctuations in a chalk catchment: evidence from Rock‐Eval pyrolysis of riparian peats. Hydrological Processes 30, 4556-4567.
  • 2015 : Allen, D., Darling, W., Davies, J., Newell, A., Gooddy, D., Collins, A., 2014. Groundwater conceptual models: implications for evaluating diffuse pollution mitigation measures. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology 47, 65-80.
  • 2015 : House, A.R., Sorensen, J.P., Gooddy, D.C., Newell, A.J., Marchant, B., Mountford, J.O., Scarlett, P., Williams, P.J., Old, G.H., 2015. Discrete wetland groundwater discharges revealed with a three-dimensional temperature model and botanical indicators (Boxford, UK). Hydrogeology Journal 23, 775-787.
  • 2015 : Newell, A.J, Kirby, G., Sorensen, J., Milodowski, A., 2015. The Cretaceous Continental Intercalaire in central Algeria: Subsurface evidence for a fluvial to aeolian transition and implications for the onset of aridity on the Saharan Platform. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 438, 146-159.
  • 2015 : Newell, A.J., Sorensen, J.P., Chambers, J.E., Wilkinson, P.B., Uhlemann, S., Roberts, C., Gooddy, D.C., Vane, C.H., Binley, A., 2015. Fluvial response to Late Pleistocene and Holocene environmental change in a Thames chalkland headwater: the Lambourn of southern England. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 126, 683-697.
  • 2014 : Benton, M.J., Newell, A.J., 2014. Impacts of global warming on Permo-Triassic terrestrial ecosystems. Gondwana Research 25, 1308-1337.
  • 2014 : Chambers, J., Wilkinson, P., Uhlemann, S., Sorensen, J., Roberts, C., Newell, A., Ward, W., Binley, A., Williams, P., Gooddy, D., 2014. Derivation of lowland riparian wetland deposit architecture using geophysical image analysis and interface detection. Water Resources Research 50, 5886-5905.
  • 2014 : Dunhill, A.M., Benton, M.J., Twitchett, R.J., Newell, A.J., 2014. Testing the fossil record: Sampling proxies and scaling in the British Triassic–Jurassic. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 404, 1-11.
  • 2014 : Newell, A.J., 2014. Palaeogene rivers of southern Britain: climatic extremes, marine influence and compressional tectonics on the southern margin of the North Sea Basin. Geologist. Assoc 125, 578-590.
  • 2013 : Dunhill, A., Benton, M., Newell, A., Twitchett, R., 2013. Completeness of the fossil record and the validity of sampling proxies: a case study from the Triassic of England and Wales. Journal of the Geological Society 170, 291-300.
  • 2012 : Benton, M.J., Newell, A.J., Price, G.D., Kurkin, A.A., 2012. Preservation of exceptional vertebrate assemblages in Middle Permian fluviolacustrine mudstones of Kotel’nich, Russia: stratigraphy, sedimentology, and taphonomy. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 319, 58-83.
  • 2012 : Dunhill, A.M., Benton, M.J., Twitchett, R.J., Newell, A.J., 2012. Completeness of the fossil record and the validity of sampling proxies at outcrop level. Palaeontology 55, 1155-1175.
  • 2012 : Kearsey, T., Twitchett, R.J., Newell, A.J., 2012. The origin and significance of pedogenic dolomite from the Upper Permian of the South Urals of Russia. Geological Magazine 149, 291-307.
  • 2012 : Macdonald D.M.J., Dixon A., Newell A.J. and Hallaways A., 2012.Groundwater flooding within an urbanised flood plain. Journal of Flood Risk Management, 5, 68–80.
  • 2012 : Newell, A.J., Benton, M.J., Kearsey, T., Taylor, G., Twitchett, R.J., Tverdokhlebov, V.P., 2012. Calcretes, fluviolacustrine sediments and subsidence patterns in Permo‐Triassic salt‐walled minibasins of the south Urals, Russia. Sedimentology 59, 1659-1676.
  • 2011 : Bloomfield, J., Bricker, S., Newell, A., 2011. Some relationships between lithology, basin form and hydrology: a case study from the Thames basin, UK. Hydrological Processes 25, 2518-2530.
  • 2011 : Bloomfield, J.P., Bricker, S.H., Newell, A.J. 2011. Some relationships between lithology, basin form and hydrology: a case study from the Thames basin, UK. Hydrological Processes 25, 2518-2530.
  • 2011 : Newell, A.J., Evans, D.J., 2011. Timing of basin inversion on the Isle of Wight: new evidence from geophysical log correlation, seismic sections and lateral facies change in the Palaeogene Headon Hill Formation. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 122, 868-882.
  • 2010 : Allen, D.J., Darling, W.G., Gooddy, D.C., Lapworth, D.J., Newell, A.J., Williams, A.T., Allen, D., Abesser, C., 2010. Interaction between groundwater, the hyporheic zone and a Chalk stream: a case study from the River Lambourn, UK. Hydrogeology journal 18, 1125-1141.
  • 2010 : Newell, A.J., Sennikov, A.G., Benton, M.J., Molostovskaya, I.I., Golubev, V.K., Minikh, A.V., Minikh, M.G., 2010. Disruption of playa–lacustrine depositional systems at the Permo-Triassic boundary: evidence from Vyazniki and Gorokhovets on the Russian Platform. Journal of the Geological Society 167, 695-716.
  • 2009 : Taylor, G.K., Tucker, C., Twitchett, R.J., Kearsey, T., Benton, M.J., Newell, A.J., Surkov, M.V., Tverdokhlebov, V.P., 2009. Magnetostratigraphy of Permian/Triassic boundary sequences in the Cis-Urals, Russia: no evidence for a major temporal hiatus. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 281, 36-47
  • 2008 : Woods, M., Wilkinson, I., Lott, G., Booth, K., Farrant, A., Hopson, P., Newell, A., 2008. A reappraisal of the stratigraphy and depositional development of the Upper Greensand (Late Albian) of the Devizes district, southern England. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 119, 229-244
  • 2007 : Newell, A.J., Gower, D.J., Benton, M.J., Tverdokhlebov, V.P., 2007. Bedload abrasion and the in situ fragmentation of bivalve shells. Sedimentology 54, 835-845.
  • 2007 : Surkov, M.V., Benton, M.J., Twitchett, R.J., Tverdokhlebov, V.P., Newell, A.J., 2007. First occurrence of footprints of large therapsids from the Upper Permian of European Russia. Palaeontology 50, 641-652.
  • 2006 : Bloomfield, J., Moreau, M., Newell, A., 2006. Characterization of permeability distributions in six lithofacies from the Helsby and Wilmslow sandstone formations of the Cheshire Basin, UK. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 263, 83-101.
  • 2006 : Newell, A.J., 2006. Calcrete as a source of heterogeneity in Triassic fluvial sandstone aquifers (Otter Sandstone Formation, SW England). Geological Society, London, Special Publications 263, 119-127.
  • 2001 : Newell, A.J., 2001. Bounding surfaces in a mixed aeolian–fluvial system (Rotliegend, Wessex Basin, SW UK). Marine and Petroleum Geology 18, 339-347.
  • 2001 : Newell, A.J., 2001. Construction of a Palaeogene tide-dominated shelf: influence of Top Chalk topography and sediment supply (Wessex Basin, UK). Journal of the Geological Society 158, 379-390.
  • 2000 : Newell, A.J., 2000. Fault activity and sedimentation in a marine rift basin (Upper Jurassic, Wessex Basin, UK). Journal of the Geological Society 157, 83-92.
  • 1999 : Newell, A.J., Tverdokhlebov, V.P., Benton, M.J., 1999. Interplay of tectonics and climate on a transverse fluvial system, Upper Permian, Southern Uralian Foreland Basin, Russia. Sedimentary Geology 127, 11-29.

Published outputs
NERC Open Research Archive — Dr Andrew Newell


  • Sedimentology and stratigraphy
  • 3D geological modelling using SKUA-GOCAD
  • Application of Geographical Information Systems (QGIS, ArcGIS) in the Geosciences
  • Applications of terrestrial laser scanning in outcrop analysis
  • Attribution and export of static geological models for flow simulation


Professional associations

  • Fellow of the Geological Society of London

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