Ben Harvey

Ben Harvey

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Ben Harvey is a Hydrogeology Doctoral Researcher, conducting research into the computer modelling of colloid-facilitated radionuclide transport. He is creating models of the in-situ migration experiments that are taking place at the Grimsel Test Site in Switzerland, which is Nagra’s underground research laboratory as part of the International Colloid Formation and Migration experiment (CFM), as well as looking at previous field experiments undertaken at the site. This research will improve our understanding of colloid facilitated transport which is an important consideration for the environmental safety case for the deep geological disposal of radioactive waste. Ben has recently presented his research to the international CFM modellers group at a meeting in San Francisco.


BSc Environmental Geoscience – University of Birmingham (2014)


Ben Harvey previously read for a degree in Environmental Geoscience at the University of Birmingham. While completing his undergraduate degree, he developed an interest in Hydrogeology, completing an undergraduate thesis on the controls on flow and water quality on a local river to the University. Ben started his current PhD work in July 2014.

Doctoral research

PhD title
Development of coupled processes numerical models of tracer and colloidal transport in a underground research laboratory beneath the Swiss Alps
Professor John Tellam


Research interests

Hydrogeology, Groundwater modelling, Geological Disposal of Radioactive Wastes, Colloid Facilitated Transport

Other activities

Ben carries out demonstrating in a variety of modules on the undergraduate geology programme (including Structural Geology and Geological Maps, Sedimentology, Hydrogeology, Applied Geology and Field courses). Ben is a nominated student member for misconduct and appeal panels within the university, and the co-founder and current chair of the school’s Nuclear Research Group. Ben is also a fellow of the Geological Society of London and a member of the International Association of Hydrogeologists.