Iain Stewart is Professor of Geoscience Communication in the School of Earth, Ocean & Environmental Sciences at the University of Plymouth.
Iain graduated in 1986 with a degree in Geography & Geology from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, and moved to the University of Bristol to begin doctoral research on the geology of earthquakes in the Mediterranean. After finishing his PhD in 1990, Iain lectured in Geoscience at Brunel University in West London until 2002, when left for an honorary Research Fellow post at Glasgow University and the opportunity to get television projects off the ground; he joined the University of Plymouth in 2004.
Iain’s research interests in earthquake science and geo-hazards featured in two BBC Horizon specials – The Search of Ancient Helike and Earthquake Storms. In 2004, after becoming the first geologist on the science team in the fourth BBC2 series Rough Science, he explored geology and culture of the Mediterranean world on his BBC2/4 series, Journeys From The Centre Of The Earth. This was followed by Journeys Into The Ring of Fire (BBC2/4, 2006) and the BAFTA-nominated landmark series Earth: The Power of the Planet (BBC2, 2007, Earth: The Climate Wars,) and in 2009 the critically acclaimed How Earth Made Us.
Iain’s most recent series for the BBC 2 include Making Scotland’s Landscape (2010) and Men of Rock in( 2011) ,How To Grow A Planet (2012) , Volcano Live (2012), Rise of the Continents (2013) and new series Planet Oil will be transmitted in early 2015. Iain also makes films for BBC2s Horizon an recent films include Fracking: the New Energy Rush (2013) and Swallowed by a Sinkhole (2014).