Professor Ian Burke

Professor Ian Burke


2002-present: University of Leeds, Professor of Environmental Science
(formerly; Associate Professor; Lecturer; and Postdoctoral Researcher).
1998-2001: University of Southampton, PhD Marine Geochemistry
1994-1998: University of Edinburgh, BSc (Hons) Environmental Geosciences

Scopus Profile

List of Publications (with links to PDF versions)

Research interests

Ian is an environmental scientist with a background in environmental geochemistry and marine geology. Expert in understanding the environmental behaviour of metal and radionuclide contaminants in natural and engineered environments. Researching issues related to land contamination, water quality and waste management.  Using advanced methods in molecular environmental science to investigate nano-micro scale chemical processes. Working with external partners in consultancy and the mining, metal processing and nuclear industries. 

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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 in field, lab, natural resources, and careers skills for Environment Science and Sustainability programmes.  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

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