Mike is currently Visiting Professor in Hydrogeology at OUCE (Oxford University Centre for the Environment), conducting research in semi-arid and arid regions as well as MSc teaching. He was formerly with the British Geological Survey. His expertise lies in fields of groundwater quality, hydrogeochemical processes, trace element studies, isotope hydrology, palaeohydrology, arid semi-arid zone studies including groundwater recharge assessment, groundwater acidification, salinity issues and mineral and thermal waters. He has some 230 scientific publications, including 140 in externally reviewed publications in these fields.
He has worked extensively and published on north Africa and the Sahel region (Algeria, Tunisia, Sudan, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Libya, Nigeria and Ghana). This work has focused on large scale regional aquifer characterisation and especially the definition of renewable and non-renewable groundwaters. This has typically involved multi-tracer applications (chemical and isotopic). Quantification of aquifer recharge has been carried out in several countries using geochemical methods. Thus his specific expertise lies in the application of geochemical tools to solving problems in aquifer exploration and evaluation (before, during and after drilling), water quality evolution and evaluation, as well as groundwater protection; he has published recently on fluoride issues in groundwater.
In the past decade he has been coordinator of major projects in north Africa region funded by DfID, UK Research Councils, IAEA and the European Community including 1) GASPAL (Groundwater AS PALaeoindicator) – network for data exchange and synthesis on non-renewable groundwaters with France, Italy, Nigeria, Chad, Senegal, Niger EC INCO-DC ENRICH); 2) Recharge characteristics and groundwater quality of the Grand Erg Orientale - with Algeria, Tunisia and Syria, EC Avicenne Programme, 1995-1998;
He has acted in a consultant capacity with UNESCO, IAEA, UK Govt Departments, English Heritage and UK Water companies and university consortia overseas.