Stewart is the "new boy" on his first Rough
Science mission. Back home, he's a Senior Lecturer in
the Department of Geology at the University of Plymouth.
He graduated in 1986 with a degree in Geology &
Geography from Strathclyde University in Glasgow and moved
to the University of Bristol to carry out doctoral research
on the geology of earthquakes in Greece and Turkey.
After finishing his PhD in 1990, Iain lectured in geology at
Brunel University in west London, then left in 2002 to take
up an Honorary Research Fellow post at Glasgow University while
working on the BBC Four series Journeys to the Centre of the
His main research interests are in the broad area of Earth
hazards and natural disasters, particularly in terms of
identifying past major earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic
eruptions in the Mediterranean region. Iain's geological
research has been featured in two BBC Horizon specials:
The Search of Ancient Helike and Earthquake Storms.
Read how Iain approached each of the challenges: