Professor John Gunn

Professor John Gunn

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Honorary Professor

Contact details

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

John Gunn is a multi-disciplinary scientist working on a single rock – limestone – and on the karst environments that form on limestone. He is also an active speleologist and is involved in cave exploration and underground research. His research interests include: conservation and management of cave and karst geoheritage and resources; the hydrogeology of karst; the evolution of karst landform assemblages; the ecology of karst waters and cave climates, particularly the dynamics of radon and carbon dioxide in caves.

Other activities

Professor Gunn is a keen speleologist and has explored caves in over fifty countries. He is President of the British Cave Research Association and Joint Editor of their Transactions, "Cave and Karst Science".


Recent publications


Taylor, NS, Kirwan, JA, Yan, ND, Viant, MR, Gunn, JM & Mcgeer, JC 2016, 'Metabolomics confirms that dissolved organic carbon mitigates copper toxicity', Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 635-644.

Dredge, J, Fairchild, IJ, Harrison, RM & Gunn, J 2014, 'Processes affecting aerosol concentrations in Gough's Cave, Cheddar Gorge, UK', Cave and Karst Science, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 42-47.

Hartland, A, Fairchild, I, Lead, J, Dominguez-Villar, D, Baker, A, Gunn, J, Baalousha, M, Ju-Nam, Y & Ju-Nam, YK 2010, 'The dripwaters and speleothems of Poole's Cavern: a review of recent and ongoing research', Cave and Karst Science, vol. 36, pp. 37-46.

Worthington, SRH & Gunn, J 2009, 'Hydrogeology of Carbonate Aquifers: A Short History', Ground Water, vol. 47, no. 3, pp. 462-467.

Banks, VJ, Gunn, J & Lowe, DJ 2009, 'Stratigraphical influences on the limestone hydrogeology of the Wye catchment, Derbyshire', Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, vol. 42, pp. 211-225.

Stubbington, R, Greenwood, AM, Wood, PJ, Armitage, PD, Gunn, J & Robertson, AL 2009, 'The response of perennial and temporary headwater stream invertebrate communities to hydrological extremes', Hydrobiologia, vol. 630, no. 1, pp. 299-312.

Asrat, A, Baker, A, Leng, M, Gunn, J & Umer, M 2008, 'Environmental monitoring inthe Mechara Caves, Southeastern Ethiopia: implications for speleothem paleoclimate studies', International Journal of Speleology, vol. 37, pp. 207-220.