Established the Arctic Research Group in 1988 after taking part in three previous Arctic expeditions. Ian has participated in eleven successful scientific research expeditions to Alaska and Svalbard (eight of these as leader). Ian has worked extensively on various aspects of glaciation, predominantly those in or affected by surge.
Additional field work has included exploration on foot in and around research areas, across ice caps, assistance with soil acidification and geological projects.
In Alaska Ian climbed several unnamed peaks in the Chugach range. Ian spent some years as Section Leader in Mountain Rescue, is a competent mountaineer and climber, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Arctic Club.