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Room 2.07b Burnaby Building, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth, PO1 3QL

Tel: +44 (0) 2392 84 2453

E-mail: mo.hoque@port.ac.uk 


I am a senior lecturer in hydrogeology. Following BSc and MSc degrees in Geology (Dhaka, 1996–2001), I completed a PhD in hydrogeology as a Commonwealth Scholar at UCL (2006–2010). I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2016, having previously worked as a post-doctoral researcher at University College London and at Imperial College London. Before moving to the UK, I was engaged in university teaching at Shahjalal University of Science & Technology and research at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh.

I lead hydrogeology and geoenvironmental research at Portsmouth where the ambition is to reduce human exposure to contaminants related to geo-environmental hazards, climate change, and anthropogenic land degradation. I am engaged in NERC and NIHR grant-funded research projects, and I supervise three fully-sponsored PhD students.

I am an editorial board member of three peer-reviewed journals. I am the author/co-author of over 40 peer-reviewed journal papers, including those published in Nature Geoscience, PNAS, Environmental Health Perspectives, and Water Resources Research, and have received over 3000 citations.

Research Interests

Broadly hydrogeology and environmental geoscience. I utilise a variety of hydrology approaches in the context of environmental geoscience, where water is not only a resource but an agent transporting contaminants and modulating their fate in the environment. My current focus encompasses:

  • Contaminant hydrogeology and arsenic in the environment
  • Climate change, salinisation and human health in deltas
  • Geoenvironmental risk intelligence and land contamination
  • Drinking water constituents and medical hydrogeology
  • Water (quantity& quality) and sustainable development in developing countries



  • PhD in Hydrogeology, University College London, 2010
  • PGDip in Water Resources Development, Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology, 2004
  • MSc in Geology, University of Dhaka, 2001
  • BSc (Hons.) in Geology, University of Dhaka, 1999


  • 2016 – present, Senior/Lecturer in Hydrogeology, University of Portsmouth, UK
  • 2013 - 2016, Research Associate, Imperial College London, UK
  • 2010 - 2013, Research Associate, University College London, UK
  • 2004 – 2011 Lecturer / Assistant Professor, Shahjalal University of Science Technology, Bangladesh
  • 2001 – 2004, Research Assistant, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Teaching Responsibilities

UG: Hydrology and Geoenvironmental Risk (M31644 & M30017); PG: Groundwater Protection (M20138 & M20126) and Contaminated Land Assessment & Remediation (M20136); and Contribute to Environmental fieldwork & professional skills, and student research projects (both at UG and PG levels).

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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