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Dr Ian Skilling is a British-born volcanologist with about 25 years of research and teaching experience at universities in the United States, South Africa and UK. He pioneered the use of lithofacies analysis of clastic rocks generated by volcano-ice interaction to interpret depositional environments and edifice evolution, and has continued to focus on the interpretation of a wide range of volcaniclastic rocks.

Dr Skilling was a volcanologist with the British Antarctic Survey (Cambridge, UK), and has undertaken geologic consultancy projects for several mining companies in South Africa, Botswana and Tanzania, and collaborated on geothermal exploration programs in Kenya (UNDP).

He has a particular passion for field studies, and has led 25+ field trips (often with undergraduate and postgraduate students) in many parts of the world, including Iceland, Kenya, Antarctica, UK, Canada, California, Hawaii, Botswana, Tanzania and South Africa. His most recent areas of research focus is Iceland and Oregon.  

Dr Skilling is a Fellow of Advance HE (FHEA).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


  • GE Environmental Sciences


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