Ian Millar

Dr Ian Millar

Research scientist
BGS Keyworth

Ian Millar’s Biography

  •  2005 – ongoing : Geochronology and Tracers Facility / NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory
  •  1984 – 2005 : British Antarctic Survey (seconded to NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory)
  •  1980 – 1984 : PhD, University of London

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


  • Peng Zhang, Yani Najman, Lianfu Meia, Ian Millar , Edward Sobel , Andrew Carter , Dan Barfod , Bruno Dhuime , Eduardo Garzanti , Gwladys Govin , Giovanni Vezzoli, Xiaolin Hui, 2019. Palaeodrainage evolution of the large rivers of East Asia and Himalayan-Tibet tectonicsEarth Science Reviews, 192, 601-630. DOI: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2019.02.003
  • Fielding, L.D., Najman, Y., Millar, I.L., Butterworth, P., Garzanti, E., Vezzoli, G., Barfod, D. & Kneller, B. (2018). The initiation and evolution of the river Nile. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 489, 166-178.
  • Govin, G, Najman, Y, Copley, A, Millar, I L, van der Beek, P, Huyghe, P, Grujic, D, and Davenport, J. 2018. Geology timing and mechanism of the rise of the Shillong plateau in the Himalayan foreland. Geology, 46(3), 279-282.
  • Govin, G, Najman, Y, Dupont-Nivet, G, Millar, I L, van der Beek, P, Huyghe, P, O’Sullivan, P, Mark, C, and Vögeli, N. 2018. The tectonics and paleo-drainage of the easternmost Himalaya (Arunachal Pradesh, India) recorded in the Siwalik rocks of the foreland basin. American Journal of Science, 318(7), 764-798.
  • Fielding, L D, Najman, Y, Millar, I L, Butterworth, P, Ando, S, Padoan, M, Barfod, D, and Kneller, B. 2017. A detrital record of the Nile River and its catchmentJournal of the Geological Society, 174 (2). 301-317. 10.1144/jgs2016-075
  • Lusty, P, Lacinska, A, Millar, I L, Barrie, C, and Boyce, A J. 2017. Volcanological and environmental controls on the Snowdon mineralization, North Wales, UK: A failed volcanogenic massive sulfide system in the Avalon Zone of the British Caledonides. Ore Geology Reviews, 89, 557-586.
  • Najman, Y, Jenks, D, Godin, L, Boudagher-Fadel, M, Millar, I L, Garzanti, E, Horstwood, M and Bracciali, L. 2017. The Tethyan Himalayan detrital record shows that India-Asia terminal collision occurred by 54 Ma in the Western HimalayaEarth and Planetary Science Letters, 459, 301-310. DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2016.11.036

Published outputs


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

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