Dr Andrew Howard

Dr Andrew Howard

Science Director, Geology and Regional Geophysics

Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3234

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Andy joined BGS with a PhD in Jurassic sedimentology and palaeobiology in 1984, after working for Norsk Hydro in Bergen and Stavanger. He has specialised in urban environmental geology and coalfields, working on projects in the Midlands and northern England. He was District Geologist in the East Midlands from 1991 to 95 and Lancashire from 1996 to 2001, and from 1993 to 2000 was Secretary of the IUGS International Working Group on Urban Geology. From 2001-2005, went on to manage the SIGMA project, to develop and deploy modern digital mapping systems in BGS survey programmes. Since 2005, Andy has led BGS programmes to deliver national information on the geology, resources and properties of the subsurface environment in the UK, deploying the latest geological mapping, 3D modelling and geophysical techniques, and focussing on providing information and knowledge to support development decisions, regulation and management of this complex environment.

Published outputs


  • 2013 – ongoing : Science Director, Geology and Regional Geophysics (from 1 April 2013, and Project Manager, Tellus South West
  • 2011 –2013 : Director of Geoscience Surveys and Monitoring
  • 2007 –2011 : Director of Science Programmes
  • 2005 –2007 : Programme Manager, National Geoscience Framework
  • 2001 –2005 : Project Manager, SIGMA
  • 1996 –2001 : Regional Geologist, Lancashire Coalfield
  • 1991 –1996 : Regional Geologist, East Midlands
  • 1984 : Joined BGS as sedimentologist and mapping geologist
  • 1984 : PhD University of London (Queen Mary College): Lower Jurassic palaeoenvironments
  • 1979 : BSc (Hons) University of Sheffield, Geology


  • Chartered Geologist

Boards and committees

  • Geological Society Accreditation Committee
  • 2017 –2018 : President, Yorkshire Geological Society

Professional association

  • Fellow of the Geological Society of London, and Chartered Geologist

Research interests

  • Airborne geophysics
  • Digital geological mapping systems
  • Geological mapping and 3D modelling
  • Geoscience knowledge representation
  • Marine sedimentology


  • Geological mapping
  • Marine sedimentology
  • Science project and programme management

Key papers

BENNETT, C E; HOWARD, A S; DAVIES, S J; KEARSEY, T I; MILLWARD, D; BRAND, P J; BROWNE, M A E; REEVES, E J; MARSHALL, J E A. 2017. Ichnofauna record cryptic marine incursions onto a coastal floodplain at a key Lower Mississippian tetrapod site. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 468. 287-300. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.12.018

HOWARD, A S; WARRINGTON, G.; CARNEY, J N; AMBROSE, K; YOUNG, S.R.; PHARAOH, T C; CHENEY, C R. 2009. Geology of the Nottingham district : memoir for 1:50 000 geological sheet 126 (England and Wales). Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 212pp.

HOWARD, A S; HATTON, W; REITSMA, F; LAWRIE, K I G. 2009. Developing a geoscience knowledge framework for a national geological survey organisation. Computers and Geosciences, 35 (4). 820-835. 10.1016/j.cageo.2008.06.004

HOWARD, A S; WARRINGTON, G; AMBROSE, K; KEITH; REES, J G. 2008. A formational framework for the Mercia Mudstone Group (Triassic) of England and Wales. Keyworth, Nottingham, British Geological Survey, 33pp. (RR/08/004)

TERRINGTON, R L; NAPIER, B; HOWARD, A S; FORD, J R; HATTON, W. 2008. Why3D? : the need for solution based modeling in a national geoscience organization. In: Oleschko, K., (ed.) GIS in geology and earth sciences. Mexico, American Institute of Physics, 103-112, 9pp.

HOWARD, A S; HOUGH, E; CROFTS, R G; REEVES, H J; EVANS, D J. 2007. Geology of the Liverpool District : a brief explanation of the geological map Sheet 96 Liverpool. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 42pp.