Ian Sanders
Fellow Emeritus, Geology


Educated at St John's College, Cambridge (1965-1971) graduating with a BA MA and PhD in Mineralogy and Petrology. Employed as a lecturer in geology at Trinity College since 1971. Married (1974), with three children.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

I.S. Sanders and E.R.D. Scott, The origin of chondrules and chondrites: Debris from low-velocity impacts between molten planetesimals?, Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 47, (12), 2012, p2170 - 2192 Journal Article, 2012

Holland, C.H. and Sanders, I.S., The Geology of Ireland, Second Edition, Edinburgh, Dunedin Academic Press, 2009, 568 pp Book, 2009

SCOTT, E. R. D., GREENWOOD, R. C., FRANCHI, I. A.,and SANDERS, I. S. , Oxygen isotopic constraints on the origin and parent bodies of eucrites, diogenites and howardites. , Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta , 73, 2009, p5835 - 5853 Journal Article, 2009

Geophysical evidence onshore in, editor(s)Holland, C.H. and Sanders, I.S. , The Geology of Ireland, Second Edition, Edinburgh, Dunedin Academic Press, 2009, pp461 - 470, [Murphy, T., Jacob, A.W.B. and Sanders. I.S.] Book Chapter, 2009

Scott E.R.D. and Sanders I.S., Implications of the carbonaceous chondrite Mn-Cr isochron for the formation of early refractory planetesimals and chondrules, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 73, (17), 2009, p5137 - 5149 Journal Article, 2009

Bridges, J., Gilmour, J, and Sanders I., New ideas on the early Solar System, Astronomy and Geophysics, 49, 2008, p1.28 - 1.30 Journal Article, 2008

I.S. Sanders, Six common kinds of rock from Ireland, second, Dublin, Department of Geology, Trinity College Dublin, 2007, 48pp Book, 2007

Hevey, P.J. and Sanders, I.S., A model for planetesimal meltdown by 26Al, and its implications for meteorite parent bodies, Meteoritics and Planetary Sciences, 41, (1), 2006, p95 - 106 Journal Article, 2006

I. S. Sanders, Probing the depths - the evidence for the Earth's crust, mantle and core, Geographical Viewpoint, 33, 2005, p11 - 18 Journal Article, 2005

Sanders, I.S. and Taylor, G.J., Implications of 26Al in nebular dust: formation of chondrules by disruption of molten planetesimals, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Conference Series, Chondrites and the Protoplanetary Disk, Kauai, Hawaii, Nov 8-11, 2004, edited by A.N. Krot, E.R.D. Scott and B. Reipurth , 341, 2005, pp915 - 932 Conference Paper, 2005

Coey JMD, Venkatesan M, Fitzgerald CB, Douvalis AP, Sanders IS, Ferromagnetism of a graphite nodule from the Canyon Diablo meteorite, Nature, 420, (6912), 2002, p156 - 159 Journal Article, 2002 DOI

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

SANDERS, I. S. and SCOTT, E. R. D., CHONDRULES, CHONDRITES, AND CHONDRITIC ASTEROIDS: PLANETARY BUILDING BLOCKS OR DEBRIS FROM PLANETARY ACCRETION?, Formation of the First Solids in the Solar System (2011), Kauai, HI, USA, November 2011, 2011, pp9126.pdf- Meeting Abstract, 2011

Sanders, I. S. , Early planetesimals as reservoirs of chondrule materials., 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference , Houston, TX, USA, March 2011, 2011, ppabs # 2484- Meeting Abstract, 2011

SANDERS, I. S. and SCOTT, E. R. D. , Chondrules: clues to early planetesimals , Meteoritics and Planetary Science, Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, Greenwich, UK, August 2011, 46, 2011, ppA203 - A203 Meeting Abstract, 2011

I. S. Sanders, Sources of recycled planetesimal debris during the era of chondrule formation. , Meteoritics and Planetary Science , Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, New York, 2010, 45, 2010, pp5369- Conference Paper, 2010

Sanders, I. S., The Meltdown Era: a time for making ancient iron cores and younger chondrules., 41st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Houston, TX, USA, March 2010, 2010, ppabs # 2376- Meeting Abstract, 2010

Sanders, I. S., Early planetesimal splashing: reconciling chondrule formation with disk evolution., Meteoritics and Planetary Science, Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, Nancy, France, July 2009, 44, 2009, ppabs # 5247- Meeting Abstract, 2009

Sanders, I.S., Six common kinds of rock from Ireland, Dublin, Dept. of Geology, TCD, 2005, 16pp Book, 2005

I.S. Sanders and E.R.D. Scott, Origin of chondrules, chondrites and cores, Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 75th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, Cairns, NSW, Australia, 12-17 August, 2012, pp5177.pdf- Meeting Abstract,

Research Expertise


Building Stone; Earth Science; Planets; Solar System; Teacher Education Issues



Member of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, Member of the Meteoritical Society, Honorary Member of the Irish Geological Association