Ian trained as an engineer, much of my career has focussed on developing and applying science to meet specific needs. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and currently an Honorary Professor of Nanjing Hydraulics Research Institute and a Guest Professor at Hohai University, Nanjing and the State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research at East China Normal University in Shanghai.
His own research is largely related to estuaries and coasts and involves a wide range of interests including hydraulics, sediment transport, and geomorphology, as well as the interdependent dynamics of habitats and ecosystems.
Current PhD Students
External roles and responsibilities
Prior to joing the university, Ian was responsible for the strategic direction and development of the research capability at HR Wallingford, helping to establish new initiatives within the water sector. Prior to that he spent 13 years as Managing Director at ABPmer (a research laboratory focussed on the ports industry) and 18 years as a consultant with Halcrow, an international civil engineering company.