Ian is Professor of Cosmochemistry and works in the Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry research group. He is also the Postgraduate Director for the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences.
"I enjoy seeing the enthusiasm and light in student’s eyes when they understand a new idea"
Why am I here?
What has fascinated me has been the question of where we all come from. How were the atoms that make up all of us created, came together and made up the solar system that we see? We are all stardust, made from atoms created by stars from before the sun and solar system formed and I am trying to find out when and where those atoms were made and how they came together and formed the solar system we know today.
I enjoy the excitement of discovering something new that no-one else has seen before and trying to work out what it means for the Universe and how we got here. These discoveries usually come after a long period developing new instruments and capabilities to be able to do something completely new.
I have worked here for 23 years, since I first joined as a lecturer. I liked being in an environment that feels exciting and go-ahead, a place that is self-confident and which strives to be a world-player.
The School is incredibly diverse which makes the possibilities for interdisciplinary research really exciting and driving what you do in ways that would normally never occur to you.
My measure of success
Everyone in the school is keen to keep up-to-date with the very latest research from around the world and present that excitement into our teaching material.
I know my teaching and support has been worthwhile when my students achieve their goals and reach their potential. I hope they remember me as someone who encouraged and inspired them to be the best, critical scientists that they can be.
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- research group
- Opportunities and programmes for postgraduate research (PhDs, MPhil, MRes)