Dr Ian Burke

Dr Ian Burke


2012-present: Associate Professor: Environmental Geochemistry
2005-2012: Lecturer: Biogeochemistry (Leeds)
2002-2005: Postdoctoral Researcher: Radionuclide Biogeochemistry (Leeds)
1998-2001: PhD Marine Geochemistry (Southampton)

Scopus Profile

List of Publications (with links to PDF versions)

Research interests

Ian is an environmental geochemist interested in the fundamental processes that affect the environmental behaviour, mobility and bioavailability of metals and radionuclides in a range of natural and contaminated systems. My research is driven by a fascination in the complex behaviour that is observed in real environmental situations; and, is focused on experimental approaches involving advanced geochemical and geomicrobiological techniques.

Recent projects include work on: resource recovery and remediation of alkaline wastes (e.g. steel slags, bauxite residues, construction and demolition wastes, and EfW residues), the environmental behaviour of mineral and organic (nano)particles, and the mobility and fate of contaminant radionuclides at UK nuclear sites.

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  • PhD, Marine Geochemistry, University of Southampton
  • BSc, Environmental Geoscience, University of Edinburgh

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Member of The Geochemical Society, USA
  • Member of The Minerological Society of Great Britain and Ireland
  • University and College Union, UK

Student education

Ian spports UG teaching on BSc Environmental Science programmes in aspects of contaminated land, water quality and oceanography. Ian particularly enjoys field teaching on UG fieldtrips and supervising dissertation projects on aspects of environmental geochemistry.

Research groups and institutes

  • Earth Surface Science Institute
  • Cohen Geochemistry

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>