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Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson is a geologist and adventurer, who first appeared in ‘Expedition volcano’, a BBC 2 series in which he and a team of international scientists undertook an expedition to two of the world’s most volatile, spectacular, but least known active volcanoes on Earth, Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira, located on the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. Chris has also appeared in several other Earth science-focused documentaries, including ‘A day in the life of Planet Earth’ (BBC4), ‘X-Ray Earth’ (National Geographic), ‘The Pompeii prophecy: Countdown to disaster’ (Channel 5), and ‘Ancient mysteries – Rome’s sunken city’ (Channel 5/Smithsonian).  Chris also co-presented the 2020 Royal Institution’s Christmas Lectures which were broadcast on BBC4.


After completing a BSc and PhD in Geology at the University of Manchester, Chris lived in western Norway, where he tried his hand at ice-climbing, sea kayaking, and somewhat scary, sparsely bolted rock climbing routes. He then returned to the UK to take a full-time academic position at Imperial College, where he established a world-leading research group. His academic position has not limited his opportunities for further travel and adventure, with his fieldwork taking him to remote, and physically and mentally challenging locations, including the Argentinian Andes, the Borneo rainforest and the Sinai Desert in Egypt.


Away from work, Chris is very active, having completed 7 marathons, more than 30 half-marathons, and a couple of triathlons. He is also a keen rock climber and hiker.


Chris is represented by Fiona Kimbell, who can be contacted at [email protected]