Dr Benjamin Paul Marchant

Dr Benjamin Paul Marchant

Environmental Statistician

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3485

E-mail Dr Benjamin Paul Marchant


  •  2012 – ongoing : Environmental Statistician, British Geological Survey, UK
  •  2004 –2012 : Research Scientist, Rothamsted Research, UK
  •  2000 –2004 : Research Scientist, Silsoe Research Institute, UK
  •  1997 –1999 : DPhil University of Oxford. Thesis title “Modelling Cell Invasion”.
  •  1996 –1997 : MSc Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Analysis, University of Oxford
  •  1993 –1996 : BSc Applied Mathematics, University of Warwick

Current projects and collaboration

  •  2013 –2016 : AGRONOMICS: Collaborative project led by ADAS which seeks to establish a new approach to field-scale agricultural experimentation.
  •  2013 – ongoing : Statistical modelling of the spatial and temporal variation of UK groundwater levels. Collaborative work with BGS Groundwater Systems Team.
  •  2013 – ongoing : Developing methodology for 3D geological modelling
  •  2011 –2015 : FUSE collaborative project led by Reading University which seeks to install an underground wireless sensor network and use it to quantify floodplain hydro-ecological interactions.


  • 2010 IUSS Pedometrics Commission Best Paper Award
  • 2009 IUSS Pedometrics Commission Best Paper Award
  • 2007 Best paper in Mathematical Geology journal

Boards and committees

  •  2013 – ongoing : Associate editor of Geoderma.
  •  2011 – ongoing : Secretary of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) Working Group on Soil Monitoring


  • Spatial statistics
  • Time series analysis
  • Mathematical modelling

Published outputs

Key papers

Bloomfield J.P., Marchant B.P. 2013. Analysis of groundwater drought using a variant of the Standardised Precipitation Index. Hydrology and Earth Systems Science 17, 4769-4787.

Arrouays, D., Marchant, B.P., Saby, N.P.A., Meersmans, J., Orton, T.G., Martin, M.P., Bellamy, P.H., Lark, R.M., Kibblewhite, M., 2012. Generic Issues on Broad-Scale Soil Monitoring Schemes: A Review. Pedosphere, 22, 456-469.

Marchant, B.P., Tye, A.M., Rawlins, B.R., 2011. The assessment of point-source and diffuse soil metal pollution using robust geostatistical methods: a case study in Swansea (Wales, UK). European Journal of Soil Science, 62, 346-358.

Marchant, B.P., Saby, N.P.A., Lark, R.M., Bellamy, P.H., Jolivet, C.C., Arrouays, D., 2010. Robust prediction of soil properties at the national scale. European Journal of Soil Science.

Marchant, B.P., S. Newman, S., Corstanje, R., Reddy, K.R., Osborne, T.Z., Lark, R.M., 2009. Spatial monitoring of a non-stationary soil property: Phosphorus in a Florida water conservation area. European Journal of Soil Science, 60(5), 757-769.

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