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Professor Gavin Gillmore

Professor of environmental geoscience, Head of School of Geography, Geology & the Environment, Kingston University.

Professor  Gavin  Gillmore Areas of expertise

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Professor Gillmore is Professor of Environmental Geoscience and Head of Kingston University's School of Geography, Geology and the Environment. One of his chief research and teaching interests is in the study of Radon - a naturally occurring radioactive gas - which comes from the decay of uranium in rocks and soils. When radon comes out into the open air it quickly dilutes to harmless concentrations, but when it builds up in an enclosed space, such as a cave or a house, it can become a real health hazard.

One of the areas Prof Gillmore is currently looking at involves health risk assessments for archaeologists and earth scientists working in confined spaces such as caves and abandoned mines. This work also includes geohazards - for example the role that radon can play in assessing earthquake activity (and hence the risk of an earthquake happening).






Year gained Subject
1990 PhD, Geology, University College, London.
1986 BSc (Hons), Applied Geology with Geography, University of Plymouth.

Career Highlights

Year Position held
2006 - Professor of Environmental Geoscience, Head of School of Geography, Geology and the Environment.
2003 - 2006 Head of Department, Senior Lecturer Physical Geography, Department of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Bradford, West Yorkshire.
2001 - 2003 Lecturer, Physical Geography, University of Bradford.
1997 Visiting Researcher, IKU Petroleum Research, Trondheim, Norway.
1993 - 1999 Lecturer, Earth Science, University of Northampton.
1993 Independent Consultant Micropalaeontologist.
1991 - 2001 Senior Lecturer, School of Environmental Science, University of Northampton.
1990 - 1993 Micropalaeontologist, Simon Petroleum Technology.
1989 - 1990 Research Assistant, The Natural History Museum, London.
1988 - 1989 Research Assistant/Lecturer, University of Luton.



Jabarivasal, N., Gillmore, G., 2008. The study of radon levels and absorbed dose in the staff and visitors of Alisadr Cave. International Journal of Low Radiation, 5, 91-97.

Crockett, R.G.M., Gillmore, G.K., Phillips, P.S., Gilbertson, D.D. 2007. Reply to comment by Elizabth S. Cochran and John E. Vidale on "Tidal synchronicity of the 26 December 2004 Sumatran earthquake and its aftershocks". Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L04303, doi: 10.1029/2006GL028925.

Denman, A.R., Crockett, R.G.M., Groves-Kirkby, C.J., Phillips, P.S., Gillmore, G.K., Woolridge, A.C. 2007. The value of Seasonal Correction Factors in assessing the health risk from domestic radon - A case study in Northamptonshire, UK. Environment International, 33, 34-44.

Gillmore, G.K., Crockett, R., Phiilips, P., Denman, A., Groves-Kirkby, C.J. 2007. Short versus long-term domestic radon testing and the influence of tides in the UK. In: IEH 2007. Proceedings of the Tenth Annual UK Meeting on Outdoor and Indoor Air Pollution Research, 1st-2nd May 2007 (Web Report 24), Institute of Environment and Health, Cranfield University, UK, available at:, pp. 99-101.

Coskeran, T., Denman, A., Phillips, P., Gillmore, G., Tornberg, R. 2006. A new methodology for cost-effectiveness studies of domestic radon remediation programmes: Quality-adjusted life-years gained within Primary Care Trusts in Central England. Science of the Total Environment, 366(1), 32-46.

Crockett, R.G.M., Gillmore, G.K., Phillips, P.S., Denman, A.R., Groves-Kirkby, C.J. 2006. Tidal Synchronicity of Atmospheric Radon Levels. Geophysical Research Letters, 33, LO5308, doi: 10.1029/2005GLO24950.

Crockett, R.G.M., Gillmore, G.K., Phillips, P.S., Denman, A.R., Groves-Kirkby, C.J. 2006. Radon Anomalies Preceding Earthquakes which occurred in the UK, in Summer and Autumn 2002. Science of the Total Environment, 364(1-3), 138-148.

Crockett, R.G.M., Gillmore, G.K., Phillips, P.S., Gilbertson, D.D. 2006. Tidal Synchronicity of the 26 December 2004 Boxing-Day Sumatran Earthquake and its Aftershocks. Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L19302, doi: 10.1029/2006GL027074.

Groves-Kirkby, C.J., Denman, A.R., Crockett, R.G.M., Phillips, P.S., Gillmore, G.K. Identification of Tidal and Climatic Influences within Domestic Radon Time-Series from Northamptonshire, UK. Science of the Total Environment, 367(1), 191-202.

Groves-Kirkby, C.J., Denman, A.R., Crockett, R.G.M., Phillips, P.S., Woolridge, A, Gillmore, G.K. 2006. Time-integrating radon gas measurements in domestic premises: comparison of short-, medium- and long-term exposures. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 86(1), 92-109.

Denman, A.R., Groves-Kirkby, C.J., Phillips, P.S., Crockett, R.G.M., Woolridge, A, Gillmore, G.K. 2005. The Practical Use of Electrets in a Public Health Radon Remediation Campaign. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 84(3), 375-391.

Gillmore, G.K., Gilbertson, D., Grattan, J., Hunt, C., McLaren, S., Pyatt, B., mani Banda, R., Barker, G., Denman, A., Phillips, P. and Reynolds, T. 2005. The potential risk from radon222 posed to archaeologists and earth scientists: reconnaissance study of radon concentrations, excavations and archaeological shelters in the Great Cave of Niah, Sarawak, Malaysia. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 60(2), 213-227.

Gillmore, G.K., Phillips, P.S., Denman, A.R. 2005. The effects of geology and the impact of seasonal correction factors on indoor radon levels: a case study approach. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 84(3), 469-479.

Gratton, J., Gillmore, G.K., Gilbertson, D., Pyatt, F.B., Hunt, C.O., McLaren, S.J., Phillips, P.S. and Denman, A.R. 2004. Radon and "King Solomon's Miner's": Faynan Orefield, Jordanian Desert. Science of the Total Environment, 319, 99-113.

Denman, A.R., Eatough, J.P., Gillmore, G., and Phillips, P.S. 2003. Assessment of Health Risks to Skin and Lung of Elevated Radon Levels in Abandoned Mines. Health Physics, 85(6), 733-744.

Coskeran, T., Denman, A.R., Phillips, P.S. and Gillmore, G.K. 2002. A critical comparison of the cost-effectiveness of domestic radon remediation programmes in three counties of England. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 62(2),129-144.

Gillmore, G.K., Grattan, J., Pyatt, F. B., Phillips, P.S. and Pearce, G. 2002. Radon, water and abandoned metalliferous mines in the UK: Environmental and Human Health implications. In: Merkel, B.J., Planer-Freidrich, B. and Woldersdorfer C. (eds.) Uranium in the Aquatic Environment. Proceedings of the International Conference Uranium Mining and Hydrogeology III and the International Mine Water Association Symposium, Freiberg, Germany, 15-21 September 2002, Springer, 65-76.

Gillmore, G.K., Phillips, P. and Denman, A. 2002. Radon in the Creswell Crags Permian Limestone Caves. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 62(2), 165-178.

Okai-Sam, F., Dennis, J.H., Pearson, A. and Gillmore, G. 2002. An assessment of Two Risk Assessment Methodologies of a contaminated site. Environment 2002 Virtual Conference, 31pp.

Cliff, K. and Gillmore, G.K., (eds.) 2001. The Radon Manual (Third Edition). The Radon Council.

Denman, A.R., Phillips, P.S. and Gillmore, G.K., 2001. Guest Editorial, Environmental Management and Health, 12(5), 455-458.

Gillmore, G.K., 2001. The Radon Hotline Internet site, The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, 121(4), 212.

Gillmore, G.K., Phillips, P., Denman, A., Sperrin, M. and Pearce, G., 2001. Radon Levels in Abandoned Metalliferous mines, Devon, Southwest England, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 49, 281-292.

Gillmore, G.K., Pearce, G. and Denman, A.R., 2001. Radon in a disused mine in Cornwall, UK, Environmental Management and Health, 12(5), 500-509.

Gillmore, G.K., Phillips, P., Pearce, G. and Denman, A., 2001. Two abandoned metalliferous mines in Devon and Cornwall, UK: radon hazards and geology. 2001 International Radon Symposium, October 21-24, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA, 94-105.

Sperrin, M., Gillmore, G. and Denman, T., 2001. Radon concentration variations in a Mendip cave cluster, Environmental Management and Health, 12(5), 476-482.

Gillmore G. K., Sperrin M., Phillips P. and Denman A., 2000. Radon prone geological formations and implications for cave users, Technology, 7(6), 645-655.

Gillmore G., Sperrin M., Phillips P. and Denman A.R., 2000. Radon Hazards, Geology and Exposure of Cave Users: a case study and some theoretical perspectives, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 46(3), 279-288.

Phillips P.S., Denman A.R. and Gillmore G., 2000. Radon, Schools and Health: Implications for policy and practice of a comparative study of programmes in Poland and the UK, Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 9, (11/12), 711-718.

Phillips P.S., Denman A.R., Gillmore G., and Gronow, B., 2000. University Partnerships for the Exchange of Environmental Management Expertise: Radon in Schools Programmes in England and Poland, Environmental and Waste Management, 3(1), 11-20.

Faulkner, K. and Gillmore, G.K., 1995. Geology and radon entry into buildings. In: The Radon Manual, 2nd Edition. A guide to the requirements for the detection and measurement of natural radon levels, associated remedial measures and subsequent monitoring of results, Shepperton, Middlesex, The Radon Council Ltd., 2.2.1-2.2.9.


Gillmore, G.K., Coningham, R.A.E., Fazeli, H., Young, R., Magshoudi, M., Batt, C.M., Rushworth, G., 2009. Irrigation on the Tehran Plain, Iran: Tepe Pardis - The site of a possible Neolithic irrigation feature? Catena, doi:10.1016/j.catena. 2009.02.009.

el-Rishi, H., Hunt, C., Gilbertson, D., Grattan, J., McLaren, S., Pyatt, B., Duller, G., Gillmore, G., Phillips, P., 2007. The past and present landscapes of the Wadi Faynan: goaerchaeological approaches and frameworks. In: Barker, G., Gilbertson, D., Mattingly, D. (eds.), Archaeology and Desertification. The Wadi Faynan Landscape Survey, Southern Jordan. Wadi Faynan Series Volume 2. Levant Supplementaru Series Vol. 6. Oxbow books, Oxford, UK, 59-96. ISBN 978-1-84217-286-5.

Fazeli, H., Coningham, R.A.E., Young, R.L., Gillmore, G.K., Magshoudi, M., and Raza, H. 2007. Socio-economic transformations in the Tehran Plain: Final season of settlement survey and excavations at Tepe Pardis. Iran, 45, 267-286.

Gillmore, G.K., Coningham, R.A.E., Young, R., Fazeli, H., Rushworth, G., Donahue, R. and Batt, C.M. 2007. Holocene alluvial sediments of the Tehran Plain: Sedimentation and Archaeological Site Visibility. In Wilson, L., Dickinson, P. and Jeandron, J. (Eds.) Reconstructing Human-Landscape Interactions. Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle, 37-67. ISBN 1-84718-188-0.

Coningham, R.A.E., Fazeli, H., Young, R.L., Gillmore, G.K., Karimian, H., Magshoudi, M., Donahue, R.E., and Batt, C.M. 2006. Socio-Economic transformations: Settlement survey in the Tehran Plain and excavations at Tepe Pardis. Iran, 44, 33-62.

Gilbertson, D.D., Hunt, C.O. and Gillmore, G.K., 2000. Success, longevity and failure of arid land agriculture: Romano-Libyan floodwater farming in the Tripolitanian pre-desert. In Barker G. and Gilbertson D. (Eds.) The Archaeology of Drylands: Living at the Margin. Routledge, London and New York, 137-159. ISBN 0-415-23001-2.

Pyatt, F.B., Gillmore, G.K., Gratton, J.P., Hunt C.O. and McLaren, S., 2000. Bioaccumulation and environmental toxicology by heavy metals associated with ancient smelting, Journal of Archaeological Science, 27, 771-778.


Kjennerud, T. and Gillmore, G.K. 2003. Integrated Palaeogene palaeobathymetry of the northern North Sea. Petroleum Geoscience, 9(2), 125-132.

Kjennerud, T., Wien, S.T., Gillmore, G.K. 2003. Improved methods for Reconstructing 3D Bathymetry - With reference to the Northern North Sea. 2003 AAPG International Conference and Exhibition.

Gillmore, G.K., Kjennerud, T. and Kyrkjebø, R., 2001. The reconstruction and analysis of palaeowater depths: a new approach and test of micropalaeontological approaches in the post-rift (Cretaceous to Quaternary) interval of the Northern North Sea. In: Martinsen, O.J. and Dreyer, T. (eds.), Sedimentary Environments Offshore Norway - Palaeozoic to Recent. NPF Special Publication 10, 365-381, Elsevier, Amsterdam.

Kjennerud, T., Faleide, J. I., Gabrielsen, R. H., Gillmore, G. K., Kyrkjebø, R., Lippard, S. J. and Løseth, H., 2001. Structural Restoration of Cretaceous - Cenozoic Palaeobathymetry in the northern North Sea. In: Martinsen, O.J. and Dreyer, T. (eds.), Sedimentary Environments Offshore Norway - Palaeozoic to Recent. NPF Special Publication 10, 347-364, Elsevier, Amsterdam.

Kyrkjebø, R., Kjennerud, T., Gillmore, G.K., Faleide, J.L. and Gabrielsen, R.H., 2001. Cretaceous-Tertiary palaeo-bathymetry in the northern North Sea: integration of palaeo-water depth estimates by structural restoration and micropalaeontological analysis. In: Martinsen, O.J. and Dreyer, T. (eds.), Sedimentary Environments Offshore Norway - Palaeozoic to Recent. NPF Special Publication 10, 321-345, Elsevier, Amsterdam.

Smith, K.A., Gillmore, G.K. and Sinclair, S., 2000. Sediments and Ostracoda from Courteenhall, Northamptonshire, U.K. and their implications for the depositional environment of the Pleistocene Milton Formation, Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 111, 253-263.

Gillmore, G.K., Kjennerud, T. and Monteil, E., 1998. An applied integrated approach (palynology, micropalaeontology, and structural restoration) to oceanic/shallow marine ecosystems of offshore Norway, Palynology, 22, 241-242.

Gillmore, G.K. and Smith, K.A., 1996. The use of freshwater ostracods as palaeoenvironment indicators: the Milton sands (Quaternary; Northamptonshire; UK), Environment and Society, 2(1), 17-31.

Smith, K.A., Gillmore, G.K. and Forsey, G., 1995. Path Debris and Mammal Trampling, Environment and Society, 1(1), 48-52.

Banner, F.T., Gillmore, G.K., Highton, J. and Whittaker, J.E., 1990. Mesozoic foraminifera from the Middle East. Department of Palaeontology, British Museum (Natural History), London, 30, 300pls. 

Book Reviews

Gillmore, G.K. 2006. Book Reviews: British Geological Survey Publications. The Naturalist, 131, 35-36.

Gillmore, G.K., Cotton, D.E., Hale, W.H.G. 2006. Physical Geography - A human perspective. Area, 38(2), 226.

Gillmore, G.K. 2004. Book Reviews: British Geological Survey Publications. The Naturalist, 129(1050), 117-118.

Books / parts of books in press

Gillmore, G.K. and Phillips, P.S. Radon as an Indoor Air Pollutant. In Air Pollution Reviews. Imperial College Press. (Pending.)

He is also a guest editor for the Journal of Environmental Management and Health, and Natural Hazards and Earth Systems Science.



Conference Highlights

Prof Gillmore is a seasoned conference presenter and organiser.

Professional Body Membership

Prof Gillmore is a member of the following organisations:

Society of American Archaeologists
Tertiary Research Group
British Micropalaeontological Society
International Mine Water Association
IGCP Project 454, Medical Geology
International Medical Geology Association
European Association of Archaeologists
The British Institute of Persian Studies
Airborne Radiation Monitoring Users Group (ARMUG)

He is also a Fellow and Chartered Geologist of the Geological Society, London

Key Industry Roles

Director, Radon Council UK (the regulatory body for the radon remediation industry)

Director, Radon Hotline Ltd., 2002-2006

Director, Universities Radon Network (URN)

Scientific Secretary, Environmental Hazards (radon), Natural Hazards Group, EGU, 2008 to present.


Major Research Collaborations

Research Associate, University of Utah, Energy and Geoscience Institute

Research Associate, palaeoenvironmental, palaeobathymetric analysis, Exploro, Norway

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