Ian's research uses seismology to understand Earth structure. He is particularly interested in understanding how continents break up by studying the seismically and volcanically active East African Rift. His research also concerns some of the oldest rocks on Earth in northern Canada, and the development of the Troodos ophiolite in Cyprus.
Ian gained an BSc in geophysics, followed by an MRes from the University of Edinburgh between 1996-2001. He studied for a PhD at the University of Leeds in 2005, before gaining post-doctoral experience at the University of South Carolina and the University of Bristol. After winning a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship while in Bristol, he joined the Department of Earth Science and Engineering as a lecturer in 2012, becoming senior lecturer in 2015.
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- 2017-2018 - NERC Geophysical Equipment Facility loan of broadband seismometers. Equivalent commercial rental value £23,000.
- 2016 - Royal Astronomical Society Grant for "Support for one early career researcher to take part in a collaborative research project in Bergen, Norway in 2017" (£1000).
- 2016 - Royal Society International Exchanges grant for collaboration with Stephane Rondenay, Bergen: "Using seismology to better-understand the Moho: a global receiver function study" (£11,982).
- 2016 - Royal Society International Exchanges grant for collaboration with Rob van der Hilst's MIT group: "The Building of North America: Evidence from Seismology" (£11,880).
- 2016 - Royal Astronomical Society Grant for "Seismic Imaging of the Troodos Ophiolite: Fieldwork Experience for a Post-doc and a PhD Student" (£600).
- 2014 - Royal Astronomical Society grant for "Support for three early career researchers to attend a seismological research workshop in Montreal" (£3000), 2014.
- 2014 - Leverhulme Trust Research Project grant for project entitled "The building of North America: evidence from seismology" (£126.5k).
- 2013-2014 - Royal Astronomical Society Outreach grant for high school seismology in Trinidad and Tobago (£1500).
- 2013-2015 - NERC Geophysical Equipment Facility loan of broadband seismometers. Equivalent commercial rental value £144,000.
- 2012 - EPSRC Kickstart Activity Grant (£10,000).
Recent Measures of Esteem
Shortlisted for the award of Best Feedback 2016/2017 Student Academic Choice Awards (SACA), Imperial College London.
October 2015 - appointed Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Awarded 2015 - awarded "Outstanding Reviewer Status" for Earth and Planetary Science Letters.
2009, 2011, 2012 - nominated "outstanding reviewer of the year" by Geophysical Journal International.
2012 - Appointed to give the Lord Kelvin Award Lecture at the British Science Association Festival, Aberdeen.
2010-2013 - Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship.
October 2015 - Delivered a seismology outreach lecture at St Orlaves School, Orpington, Kent.
April 2014 - Co-organisor of the Trinidad and Tobago Seismology in Schools Project, in collaboration with the British Geological Survey, the Universities of Durham and Leicester, and NIHERST (the National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology in Trinidad and Tobago).
November 2013 - Co-presenter at Plymouth University's Plate Tectonics and Geohazards Conference for 150 AS/A2 geology and geography students.
2010-Present - deliver annual seismology workshop at Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester.
Imperial Festival (3-4 May, 2013) earthquake seismology demonstration.
et al., Crustal structure of active deformation zones in Africa: Implications for global crustal processes, Tectonics, ISSN:0278-7407
et al., 2017, A tale of two orogens: Crustal processes in the Proterozoic Trans-Hudson and Grenville Orogens, eastern Canada, Tectonics, Vol:36, ISSN:0278-7407, Pages:1633-1659
et al., 2017, Structure and dynamics of surface uplift induced by incremental sill emplacement, Geology, Vol:45, ISSN:0091-7613, Pages:431-434
et al., 2017, Seismic anisotropy of Precambrian lithosphere: Insights from Rayleigh wave tomography of the eastern Superior Craton, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, Vol:122, ISSN:2169-9313, Pages:3754-3775
et al., 2017, The formation of Laurentia: Evidence from shear wave splitting, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol:479, ISSN:0012-821X, Pages:170-178