Jonathan Paul

Jonathan Paul


  • TW20 0EX

Personal profile

Personal profile

I am a numerate geoscientist, working within and between three different areas: (1) Hydrogeological modelling and sustainable (ground)water resource management; (2) Geohazards, in particular community-led risk reduction/resilience building activities (including "citizen science"); (3) Landscape development and dynamic topography (vertical surface motions in response to sub-plate convection). 

Last updated: 3 August 2023


Research interests

  • Influence of mantle convection (dynamic topography) on the formation of naturally fractured reservoirs/aquifers
  • Development of algorithms for improving the quality of citizen science datasets
  • Sustainable cooling of subsurface structures using pumped groundwater/river water and heat exchangers
  • The use of porous rock (especially limestones) as a natural filter to generate new sources of freshwater for water-stressed areas
  • Development of new sensing technologies and participatory approaches for launching community-led hydrological data collection programmes
  • The link between hydrogeology and archaeology/Quaternary geomorphology of the chalk and limestone landscapes of southern England
  • The interface between disease risk / epidemiology and climate change


CV summary

2023 - : Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Geoscience, Dept. Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL)

2020 - 2023 : Lecturer, RHUL

2017 - 2020 : Research Associate, Dept. Civil & Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London

2014 - 2016 : PDRA, Dept. Earth Sciences, Cambridge then UCL

2010 - 2014 : PhD (dissertation entitled "Dynamic Topography and Drainage of Africa and Madagascar"), Dept. Earth Sciences (Bullard Labs), University of Cambridge

2006 - 2010 : MSci (= BSc + MSc) Geophysics (1st Class Hons), Dept. Earth Science & Engineering, Imperial College London



Course lead, MSc Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology

Deputy course lead, MSc Energy Geosciences

Course coordinator: Applied Geophysics (2nd-yr UG); Geodynamics (MSc + Distance Learning); Hydrogeology (3rd-yr UG)

Lecturer: Water quality + hydrogeology (MSc); Plate kinematics (4th-yr UG); Arduino programming (4th-yr UG)




Key publications

Please email me if you cannot access any of the papers. An exhaustive list is available from my CV or Google Scholar profile.

Rowe JM, Paul JD, 2022. Cooling the London Underground: Evaluating the use of groundwater and subterranean river water. Sustainable Cities and Society

Paul JD, Bee E, Budimir M, 2021. Mobile phone technologies for disaster risk reduction. Climate Risk Management

Paul JD, 2021. Controls on eroded rock volume, a proxy for river incision, in Africa. Geology

Paul JD, Buytaert W, Sah N, 2020, A technical evaluation of lidar-based measurement of river water levels. Water Resources Research, Vol: 56, Pages: 1–9.

Paul JD, Buytaert W, Allen S, Ballesteros-Canovas JA, Bhusal J, Cieslik K, Clark J, Dugar S, Hannah DM, Stoffel M, Dewulf A, Dhital MR, Liu W, Nayaval JL, Neupane B, Schiller A, Smith PJ, Supper R et al., 2018, Citizen science for hydrological risk reduction and resilience buildingWiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, Vol: 5, ISSN: 2049-1948

Paul JD, 2017, Correlations between rock and water characteristics of the Inferior Oolite aquifer, central Cotswolds, UK, JOURNAL OF HYDROLOGY, Vol: 548, Pages: 448-457, ISSN: 0022-1694

Paul JD, Eakin CM, 2017, Mantle upwelling beneath Madagascar: evidence from receiver function analysis and shear wave splittingJournal of Seismology, ISSN: 1573-157X

Paul JD, Roberts GG, White N, 2014, The African landscape through space and timeTectonics, Vol: 33, Pages: 898-935, ISSN: 0278-7407

Paul JD, Blunt MJ, 2012, Wastewater filtration and re-use: An alternative water source for LondonSCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, Vol: 437, Pages: 173-184, ISSN: 0048-9697

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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