Research interests focus on meteoritics and planetary science and terrestrial igneous petrology.
- The nature of micrometeorites and meteorites
- The formation of planetary systems
- Impact processes and rocks
- The origins of life on Earth
- Astrobiology and Mars
- The nature of metal-bearing basalts
- Carbonatite magmatism
Planetary research is conducted as part of IARC
- Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London 2002-present
- PDRA, Meteorites Division, Natural History Museum 1994-2002
- PhD, Geological Sciences, University College London 1989-1993
- BSc, Geology, RSM, Imperial College, 1987-1989
Recent Measures of Esteem
- 2009 Imperial College Teaching Fellowship for Innovation.
- 2009 Imperial College Teaching Excellence Award
- 2009 Faculty of Engineering Award for Teaching Excellence
- 2009 Rectors Medal for Teaching
- 2009 Rector's Fellowship for Innovation in Teaching
- 2007 Invited lecture at Meteoroids, Barcelona
- 2006 US Antarctic Service Medal
- 2006 Asteroid named in honour of Matt Genge by the International Astronomical Union
- 2004 First UK member of the NASA CAPTEM Committee of Cosmic Dust
- 2004 NASA Stardust mission preliminary investigation team
- 2003 Dorothy Hodgkin Award, British Association for Science for excellence in science communication
Member of the cosmic dust subcommittee of NASA CAPTEM.
Advisor to the UK Government''s Near Earth Objects Information Centre.
Member of the NASA STARDUST mission preliminary examination team.
Webmaster of the Meteoritical Society.
Invited Lectures and Presentations
Oslo Natural History Museum, 2015
Univ Bergen, 2015
London Lecture Series, "Geology in Space", Geological Society of London.
Invited Lecture, Meteoroids 2007, Barcelona, Spain
Science communication articles
Author of 27 feature articles within the UK national papers and New Scientist. Recent articles include:
- The sound of shooting stars. The Guardian, October 23 2003
- Nature’s stopwatch. The Guardian, March 27 2003
- Rock of ages. The Guardian, January 09 2003
- Where there’s muck there’s grass. The Guardian, December 19 2002
- Illumination is the key. The Guardian, November 14 2002
- Quaking at the knees. The Guardian, September 19 2002
et al., Microbial Communities in Sediments From Four Mildly Acidic EphemeralSalt Lakes in the Yilgarn Craton (Australia) – Terrestrial Analogs to Ancient Mars, Frontiers in Microbiology, ISSN:1664-302X
et al., A microchondrule-bearing micrometeorite and comparison with microchondrules in CM chondrites, Meteoritics and Planetary Science, ISSN:1086-9379
et al., 2019, Intense aqueous alteration on C-type asteroids: Perspectives from giant fine-grained micrometeorites, Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, Vol:245, ISSN:0016-7037, Pages:352-373
et al., 2018, The atmospheric entry of fine-grained micrometeorites: the role of volatile gases in heating and fragmentation, Meteoritics and Planetary Science, ISSN:1086-9379
et al., 2018, Accumulation mechanisms of micrometeorites in an ancient supra-glacial moraine at Larkman Nunatak, Antarctica, Meteoritics and Planetary Science, Vol:53, ISSN:1086-9379, Pages:2051-2066