Professor of Environmental Geography Head of School, Natural SciencesPhD - University of StrathclydeBSc - University of Strathclyde I graduated from the University of Strathclyde with BSc and PhD degrees in Geography. I then worked from 1985 as a researcher on land use and environmental policy issues with the UK Government's Civil Service - Ministry of Agriculture. Joining the University of Stirling in 1990 as Lecturer in Environmental Science, I became Professor in 2002. I have previously held the posts of Vice-Dean (Research) in Natural Sciences and Head of the School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, before becoming Deputy Principal in 2007.
Research Soils, sediments and landscape history considers soils and sediments as historical narratives that define land resource utilisation and organisation by early societies together with their environmental and landscape consequences. These narratives are elucidated through innovative theoretical frameworks of landscape that give new understanding of the Anthropocene together with innovative techniques in thin section micromorphology, soil biomarker analyses and modelling applied to anthrosols, podzols, andosols and archaeo-sediments.In doing so, historical depth is given to long-term human interactions with environmental processes; new understanding of ‘completed human ecodynamics experiments of the past’ in relation to sustainability and resilience emerges; contribution is made to discussions on cultural and national identities as they relate to environments and landscapes, and foundations for natural and cultural heritage resources management are provided.The scope of this work is inter-disciplinary and international with current research programmes focussed in -
North Atlantic region (including Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Faeroes, Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles).Current programmes include the emergence and formation of early fishing sites (supported by UK AHRC); landscapes of Norse - indigenous interaction (supported by the UK Leverhulme Trust - Footprints on the edge of Thule programme); farm resilience in marginal environments (supported by the US National Science Foundation, Human and Social Ecodynamics programme); soil and field system inheritance (supported by the Shetland Amenity Trust); the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site (supported by Historic Scotland).
South and West Asia (Sri Lanka, Nepal and Iran). Current programmes include the use of water in early urban hinterlands programmes, Anuradhapura (Sri Lanka) and Sialk - Kashan (Iran) (supported by AHRC and Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada); modern human settlement in tropical South Asia, evidence from late Pleistocene-early Holocene rockshelter sites in Sri Lanka (supported by the British Academy); protecting and preserving the natal landscape, Lumbini, Nepal (supported by UNESCO).
Rescue archaeology and 'preservation by record'. Working in UK locations where the soils and sedimentary record in archaeological sites and landcapes is threatened by development (supported by development funding).
Micromorphology GUARD PI: Professor Ian Simpson Funded by: Gloucestershire County Council, Orkney College, Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology, University of Durham, University of Sheffield, West Coast Archaeological Services, University of Bradford and Allan Mackenzie –
Nelson MC, Ingram SE, Dugmore AJ, Streeter R, Peeples MA, McGovern TH, Hegmon M, Arneborg J, Kintigh KW, Brewington S, Spielmann KA, Simpson I, Strawhacker C, Comeau LEL, Torvinen A, Madsen CK, Hambrecht G & Smiarowski K (2016) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113 (2), pp. 298-303.
Nelson MC, Ingram SE, Dugmore AJ, Streeter R, Peeples MA, McGovern TH, Hegmon M, Arneborg J, Kintigh KW, Brewington S, Spielmann KA, Simpson I, Strawhacker C, Comeau LEL & Torvinen A (2016) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113 (2), pp. 298-303.
Adderley WP, Alberts IL, Simpson I, Wess TJ, Somogyi A & Drakopoulos M (2002) Synchrotron X-ray scattering analyses of fish bone materials in archaeological soils and sediments (Poster Presentation). Poster at Cultivating Archaeology: Innovations in Archaeology Conference, 23.11.2002 - 24.11.2002, University of Cambridge. Available at: http://www.mcdonald.cam.ac.uk/reports/miar-report-2003.pdf
Adderley WP, Kirscht H, Simpson I & Adam M (2002) Past agrarian resource use in the Kala-Balge region, North East Nigeria. Cultivating Archaeology: Innovations in Agriculture International Conference, November 2002, Cambridge University.
Adderley WP, Simpson I, Lockheart MJ, Evershed RP & Davidson D (2000) Modelling traditional manuring practices in the North Atlantic context: Soil sustainability of a Shetland island community? In: Rees R, Ball B, Watson C, Campbell C (ed.) Sustainable Management of Soil Organic Matter, Wallingford: CAB International. 'The Sustainable Management of Soil Organic Matter': British Society of Soil Science Annual Meeting 1999, 15.9.1999 - 17.9.1999, Edinburgh, pp. 173-179.
Adderley WP & Simpson I (1999) Soils and the Historical Dimension of Sustainability (Poster Presentation). Poster at Scottish Natural Heritage conference: "Earth Science and the Natural Heritage", 4.11.1999 - 5.11.1999, Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh