Ian Boomer

Ian Boomer

Colleges, School and Institutes

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Much of Ian Boomer's research focuses on a group of calcareous microfossils, the Ostracoda (or ostracods). An ostracod can be thought of as a microscopic shrimp-like organism (usually less than 1mm long) living inside a bi-valved carbonate shell or carapace. These little bugs have been around for the last 500 million years and live today in just about every aquatic environment. Their fossils can be used to date rocks, record major changes in the world’s oceans, trace climatic changes such as sea-level rise amongst other uses and even track pollution. Dr Boomer has a particular interest in the geological record of ostracods around the period of the latest Triassic and Early Jurassic. Further research focuses on using these fascinating bugs to find out more about the rapid, global climatic changes that occurred between about 15,000 and 10,000 years ago.

Dr Boomer welcomes enquiries from prospective doctoral researchers in his areas of interest.