Dr Ian Millar

Dr Ian Millar

Research Scientist

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3402

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  • Present: Head of the Radiogenic Isotope Group
  •  2005 –2009 : NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory
  •  1984 –2005 : British Antarctic Survey (seconded to NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory)

Research interests

  • Application of radiogenic isotope tracers in studies of environment, provenance, mineralisation and tectonics
  • Isotope geochemistry and mass spectrometry
  • U–Th–Pb geochronology of accessory minerals


  • Igneous and metamorphic petrology
  • Isotope Geochemistry
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Tectonics

Professional association

  • Secretary of the NERC Isotope Geosciences Facilities steering committee

Published outputs

Key papers

RILEY, T.R., CURTIS, M.L., LEAT, P.T. & MILLAR, I.L. (2009). The geochemistry of Middle Jurassic dykes associated with the Straumsvola – Tvora alkaline plutons, Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica and their association with the Karoo large igneous province.Mineralogical Magazine, 73(2), 223–244.

WILL, T.M., ZEH, A., GERDES, A., FRIMMEL, A.E., MILLAR, I.L. & SCHMÄDICKE, E. (2009). Palaeoproterozoic to Palaeozoic Magmatic and Metamorphic Events in the Shackleton Range, East Antarctica: Constraints from Zircon and Monazite Dating, and Implications for the Amalgamation of Gondwana. Precambrian Research, 172(1), 25–45.

D.I. SCHOFIELD, J.A. EVANS, I.L. MILLAR, P.R. WILBY AND J.A. ASPDEN (2008)  New U–Pb and Rb–Sr constraints on pre–Acadian tectonism in North Wales.  Journal of the Geological Society, 165, 891–894.

FLOWERDEW M.J., MILLAR, I.L., CURTIS, M.L., VAUGHAN, A.P.M., HORSTWOOD, M.S.A., WHITEHOUSE, M.J. & FANNING, C.M. (2007) Combined U-Pb geochronology and Hf isotope geochemistry of detrital zircons from Early Palaeozoic sediments, Ellsworth Whitmore Mountains Block, Antarctica. Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, 119(3), 275–288.

FLOWERDEW M.J., MILLAR, I.L., VAUGHAN, A.P.M., HORSTWOOD, M.S.A. & FANNING, C.M. (2006) The source of granitic gneisses and migmatites in the Antarctic Peninsula:  a combined U-Pb SHRIMP and laser–ablation Hf isotope study of complex zircons.  Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 151(6), 751–768.