Dr Ian Boomer

Dr Ian Boomer

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Associate Professor in Micropalaeontology

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Ian is a micropalaeontologist who studies calcareous microfossils, particularly ostracods (microscopic Crustacea), but also benthic foraminifera, to reconstruct past environments.


  • 1989 - PhD in Early Jurassic ostracods form North-west Europe - University College London
  • 1985 - MSc in Micropalaeontology - University College London
  • 1984 - BSc - University of Leicester


Ian contributes to year 2 modules on Palaeoecology and Sedimentology and year 3 Basins module which includes the Spain field course. In the 4th year of the MSci programme I lead the Placements, Advanced Skills and Advanced Project modules.

Doctoral research

PhD title
My PhD was entitled "The temporal and spatial distribution of Early Jurassic Ostracoda from North West Europe"


Recent publications


Edgar, K, MacLeod, KG, Hasegawa, T, Hanson, E, Boomer, I & Kirby, N 2022, 'Data Report: Cenozoic and Upper Cretaceous bulk carbonate stable carbon and oxygen isotopes from IODP Expedition 369 Sites U1513, U1514 and U1516, in the southeast Indian Ocean', Proceedings of the International Ocean Discovery Program, vol. 369. https://doi.org/10.14379/iodp.proc.369.206.2022

Asrat, A, Baker, A, Duan, W, Leng, MJ, Boomer, I, Akter, R, Mariethoz, G, Adler, L, Jex, CN, Yadeta, M & Wang, L 2022, 'Stalagmite evidence for Early Holocene multidecadal hydroclimate variability in Ethiopia', Quaternary Research (United States), vol. 110, pp. 67-81. https://doi.org/10.1017/qua.2022.29

Boomer, I, Copestake, P, Page, K, Huxtable, J, Loy, T, Bown, P, Dunkley Jones, T, O'Callaghan, M, Hawkes, S, Halfacree, D, Reay, H & Caughtry, N 2021, 'Biotic and stable-isotope characterization of the Toarcian Ocean Anoxic Event through a carbonate–clastic sequence from Somerset, UK', Geological Society Special Publication, vol. 514, no. 1, pp. 239-268. https://doi.org/10.1144/SP514-2020-263

Domínguez-Villar, D, Krklec, K, Boomer, I & Fairchild, IJ 2021, 'ISODRIP, a model to transfer the δ18O signal of precipitation to drip water — implementation of the model for Eagle Cave (central Spain)', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 797, 149188. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.149188

Raine, RJ, Fenton, J, Boomer, I, Azmi, A & Copestake, P 2021, 'Uppermost Triassic to Lower Jurassic stratigraphy in the Lough Foyle Basin of County Londonderry, Northern Ireland', Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, vol. 132, no. 6, pp. 641-656. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pgeola.2021.09.007

Maddy, D, Veldkamp, A, Demir, T, Aytaç, AS, Schoorl, JM, Scaife, R, Boomer, I, Stemerdink, C, Van Der Schriek, T, Aksay, S & Lievens, C 2020, 'Early Pleistocene river terraces of the Gediz River, Turkey: the role of faulting, fracturing, volcanism and travertines in their genesis', Geomorphology, vol. 358, 107102, pp. 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2020.107102

Mauquoy, D, Payne, RJ, Babeshko, KV, Bartlett, R, Boomer, I, Bowey, H, Evans, CD, Ring-Hrubesh, F, Muirhead, D, O'Callaghan, M, Piotrowska, N, Rush, G, Sloan, T, Smeaton, C, Tsyganov, AN & Mazei, YA 2020, 'Falkland Island peatland development processes and the pervasive presence of fire', Quaternary Science Reviews, vol. 240, 106391. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2020.106391

Sekeryapan, C, Streurman, HJ, van der Plicht, J, Woldring, H, van der Veen, Y & Boomer, I 2020, 'Late Glacial to mid Holocene lacustrine ostracods from southern Anatolia, Turkey: a palaeoenvironmental study with pollen and stable isotopes', Catena, vol. 188, 104437. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2019.104437

Boomer, I, Azmi, A, Copestake, P & Raine, R 2020, 'Lower Jurassic (Hettangian–Pliensbachian) microfossil biostratigraphy of the Ballinlea-1 well, Rathlin Basin, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom', Proceedings of the Geologists' Association. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pgeola.2020.06.002

Boomer, I, Copestake, P, Raine, R, Binti Azmi, A, Fenton, J, Page, K & O'Callaghan, M 2020, 'Stratigraphy, palaeoenvironments and geochemistry across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary transition at Carnduff, County Antrim, Northern Ireland', Proceedings of the Geologists' Association. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pgeola.2020.05.004

Raine, R, Copestake, P, Simms, M & Boomer, I 2020, 'Uppermost Triassic to Lower Jurassic sediments of the island of Ireland and its surrounding basins', Proceedings of the Geologists' Association. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pgeola.2020.04.001

Ray, D, Jarochowska, E, Röstel, P, Worton, G, Munnecke, A, Wheeley, J & Boomer, I 2019, 'High resolution correlation of the Homerian carbon isotope excursion (Silurian) across the interior of the Midland Platform (Avalonia), UK', Geological Magazine. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0016756819001146

Ridha, D, Boomer, I & Edgar, KM 2019, 'Latest Oligocene to earliest Pliocene deep-sea benthic foraminifera from Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Sites 752, 1168 and 1139, southern Indian Ocean', Journal of Micropalaeontology, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 189-229. https://doi.org/10.5194/jm-38-189-2019

Spadi, M, Gliozzi, E, Boomer, I, Stoica, M & Athersuch, J 2019, 'Taxonomic harmonization of Neogene and Quaternary candonid genera (Crustacea, Ostracoda) of the Paratethys', Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, vol. 17, no. 19, pp. 1665–1698. https://doi.org/10.1080/14772019.2018.1545708

Lomax, DR, Larkin, NR, Boomer, I, Dey, S & Copestake, P 2019, 'The first known neonate Ichthyosaurus communis skeleton: a rediscovered specimen from the Lower Jurassic, UK', Historical Biology A Journal of Paleobiology, vol. 31, no. 5, pp. 600-609. https://doi.org/10.1080/08912963.2017.1382488

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