Professor Iain Stewart

"I teach on the undergraduate geology courses at the University of Plymouth. It is great fun being able to inspire and enthuse the next generation of geoscientists. I am probably best known for my BBC television programmes about the planet: most recently, Seven Worlds, One Planet, Rise of the Continents, Earth – the Power of the Planet, How Earth Made Us and Volcano Live.

My TV work involves trips around the world, which are wonderful opportunities to communicate the research I have carried out over the years on plate tectonics and geohazards, particularly in terms of earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.

The overlapping diversity of disciplines here at Plymouth makes it a great place to study geology and our fantastic geological ‘backyard’ is ideal for an outstanding range of fieldwork experiences."

Professor Iain Stewart MBE
Chair in geoscience communication

Inspiring lecturers

Geology Professor Iain Stewart recently worked as scientific consultant on the series Seven Worlds, One Planet, hosted by Sir David Attenborough and produced by the BBC’s Natural History Unit.  

“The Natural History Unit and Sir David Attenborough are absolutely at the top of their field when it comes to programmes of this nature, and it has been fascinating to work with them. I believe the final series will ignite people’s interest in the planet once again as it sparks that personal and emotional connection required for people to really take notice.”

Read more about Iain's work with the BBC