Mr Michael Riley BA, BSc, MSc

Mr Michael Riley

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Honorary Senior Lecturer in Hydrogeology

Contact details

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

Michael Riley’s research principal research interests are in groundwater flow and contaminant transport processes, particularly in the context of fractured rock hydrogeology.


BA          Philosophy, University of Reading
BSc         Mathematics, London University
MSc       Engineering Hydrology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne


MSc Hydrogeology 

  • Groundwater Hydraulics (groundwater flow and transport theory, and pumping test interpretation)
  • Surface Water Interactions (including modelling with Visual Basic for Applications)
  • Borehole Design, Construction & Maintenance
  • Groundwater Exploitation and Management (fractured rock hydrogeology; saline groundwater; and heat transport in groundwater
  • Mathematics for Hydrogeologists


Recent publications


Riley, M, Suttie, N, Stevenson, C & Tellam, J 2019, 'Magnetic susceptibility monitoring and modelling (MSMM): a non-invasive method for acquiring and modelling exceptionally large datasets from column experiments with manufactured nanoparticles', Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, vol. 563, pp. 289-301.

Cuthbert, MO, Mcmillan, LA, Handley-sidhu, S, Riley, MS, Tobler, DJ & Phoenix, V 2013, 'A field and modelling study of fractured rock permeability reduction using microbially induced calcite precipitation', Environmental Science & Technology.

Greswell, R, Durand, V, Aller, M, Riley, MS & Tellam, J 2013, 'A method for conducting simultaneous convergent tracer tests in multilayered aquifers', Ground Water.

Cuthbert, M, Riley, M, Handley-Sidhu, S, Renshaw, J, Tobler, DJ, Phoenix, VR & Mackay, R 2012, 'Controls on the rate of ureolysis and the morphology of carbonate precipitated by S-Pasteurii biofilms and limits due to bacterial encapsulation', Ecological Engineering, vol. 41, pp. 32-40.

Tobler, DJ, Cuthbert, M, Greswell, R, Riley, M, Renshaw, J, Handley-Sidhu, S & Phoenix, VR 2011, 'Comparison of rates of ureolysis between Sporosarcina pasteurii and an indigenous groundwater community under conditions required to precipitate large volumes of calcite', Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, vol. 75, no. 11, pp. 3290-3301.

Riley, M, Tellam, J, Greswell, R, Durand, V & Aller, MF 2011, 'Convergent tracer tests in multilayered aquifers: The importance of vertical flow in the injection borehole', Water Resources Research, vol. 47, pp. W07501.

Furlong, BV, Riley, M, Herbert, A, Ingram, JA, Mackay, R & Tellam, J 2011, 'Using regional groundwater flow models for prediction of regional wellwater quality distributions', Journal of Hydrology, vol. 398, pp. 1-16.

Greswell, R, Riley, M, Alves, PF & Tellam, J 2009, 'A heat perturbation flow meter for application in soft sediments', Journal of Hydrology, vol. 370, no. 1-4, pp. 73-82.

Blum, P & Riley, M 2009, 'Stochastic simulations of regional scale advective transport in fractured rock masses using block upscaled hydro-mechanical rock property data', Journal of Hydrology, vol. 369, no. 3-4, pp. 318-325.

Haake, RR, Westbrook, G & Riley, M 2008, 'Controls on the formation and stability of gas hydrate-related bottom-simulating reflectors (BSRs): A case study from the west Svalbard continental slope', Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 113, no. B05104, pp. 1-17.


Joyce, E, Charles, K, Rahman, H, Aller, M, Durand, V, Riley, M, Greswell, R, Renshaw, J, Mackay, R, Rivett, M, Hart, A, Pedley, S, Tellam, J & Trefry, MG 2008, Assessing the hazard from viruses in wastewater recharge of urban sandstone aquifers. in GQ07: Securing Groundwater Quality in Urban and Industrial Environments. vol. 324.

Furlong, BV, Riley, MS, Herbert, AJ, Ingram, JA & Tellam, J 2008, Comparing a groundwater flow interpretation based on wellwater quality distributions with that based on flow modelling. in MG Trefry (ed.), Groundwater quality: Securing groundwater quality in urban and industrial environments (IAHS Proceedings & Reports). IAHS Press.

Commissioned report

Greswell, R, Riley, M, Alves, PF & Tellam, J 2008, A heat peturbation flow meter for application in river bed sediments. Not Known.


Tellam, J, Greswell, R, Riley, M, Rahman, SH, Schirmer, M, Hoehn, E & Vogt, T 2011, 'Manufactured nanoparticle movement in the groundwaters of a redbed sandstone: laboratory experiments and field observations', Paper presented at 7th International Groundwater Quality Conference, Jun 13-18, 2010. Zurich, Switzerland, 1/01/11.

Tellam, J, Riley, M, Greswell, R, Mackay, R, Renshaw, J, Rivett, M, Aller, M, Durand, V, Pedley, S & Joyce, E 2007, 'Are viruses a hazard in waste water recharge of urban sandstone aquifers?', Paper presented at SWITCH Scientific Meeting, 1st, 1/01/07.

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