Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Visiting Professor



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Three distinct areas: 1) the origin and early evolution of the Solar System through analysis of primitive meteorites and cometary samples; 2) understanding asteroid and cometary impacts, on Earth and other planets; 3) identifying the source regions and parent bodies for meteorites in the Solar System by recovery of samples with known orbits. Highlights include:

  • Participation in a number of space missions: Bepi Columbo, MIXS science team (ESA); ExoMars XRD science team (ESA); STARDUST sample-return, member of mineralogy & petrology preliminary examination team (NASA) 

If you want to find out more about our work on meteorite chemistry, read the full text of our paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA: "Volatile fractionation in the early Solar System and chondrule/matrix complementarity".

  • Determining the impact rate for meteorites and asteroids on Earth

If you want to find out more about the impact rate work, read the full text of our paper in Nature: "Efficient disruption of small asteroids by Earth''''s atmosphere", and also the New Scientist article   about our work

If you want to find out more about the Argentina work, read the full text of our paper in Science: "A possible tektite strewn field in the Argentinian Pampa", and also the Science Perspectives article   by H. Jay Melosh: "Traces of an unusual impact"


  • 2008. STFC Research Grant ‘Meteorites as free sample-returns: Operation of the desert fireball net’ £304,176
  • 2000-2008. Royal Society URF Research Support grants, totalling: £92,000
  • 2006. EU FP6 Marie Curie Research Training Network, ‘ORIGINS’ (Co-PI). Total grant £1,344,000 £279,600
  • 2006. PPARC ‘UK Cosmochemistry Analysis Network’ (Co-PI). Total grant £949,746 £278,294
  • 2005. PPARC Research Grant ‘Meteorites as free sample-returns: A desert fireball network’ £177,172
  • 2005. Royal Society University Research Fellowship (Extension) £230,672
  • 2004. Royal Society Research Grant (development of XRD microscope) £14,909
  • 2004. University of London Central Research Fund ‘Field investigation of the Monturaqui crater, Chile’ £1,983
  • 2004. PPARC Research Grant ‘Defining the thermal environment of the proto-planetary disk’ £147,777
  • 2002. Royal Society Research Grant (development of autonomous fireball camera) £7,905
  • 2002. OU Research Development Fund award to purchase an autonomous fireball camera. £29,000
  • 2001. PPARC PIPSS award to develop an X-ray microprobe with Bede Scientific Ltd £58,000
  • 2000. Royal Society University Research Fellowship £243,000
  • 1999. Australian Research Council Fellowship (declined: PPARC Fellowship already accepted) £77,000
  • 1998. National Geographic Society - 3 year grant to initiate a Nullarbor Camera Network £11,000
  • 1998. PPARC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (3 years, hosted by Natural History Museum) £90,886
  • 1997&1998. Royal Society Conference Grants; Meteoritical Trust of Australia (travel grant) £2,029
  • 1996. Royal Society Overseas Research Fellowship (1 year, hosted by Western Australian Museum) £15,000


  • With M. A. Sephton (Imperial College): Organic ablation products of extraterrestrial objects         (PPARC PP/D002389/1), 1/4/06-31/3/09, £240,575
  • With J. V. Morgan (Imperial College): 3D numerical modeling of high-velocity impact craters (PPARC PP/D001986/1), 1/4/06-30/9/08, £11,753
  • With A. J. T. Jull (Arizona): Cosmogenic 14C in meteorites and lunar samples (NASA grant)
  • With H. W. McSween Jr. (Tennessee): Mineralogy of ordinary chondrites & S-asteroids (NASA grant)

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