Title of PhD: The emplacement mechanism and petrogenesis of the Newry Igneous Complex from AMS and geochemistry
Supervisors: Carl Stevenson (University of Birmingham), Mark Cooper (GSNI), Rob Ellam (SUERC)
Paul is currently completing a PhD on emplacement and petrogenesis of the Newry Igneous Complex, Northern Ireland. He uses a technique known as Anisotropy of Magnetic Susceptibility (AMS) to deduce tectonic and magmatic strain within the intrusion, which provides key evidence for its emplacement mechanism. He is working on further constraining this mechanism through the use of petrographic and lithogical studies, whilst utilising geochemical techniqes to determine the petrogenesis and timing of emplacement.
MSci Geology – University of Bristol – 2005
A levels in Maths, Further Maths, Geography and Physics – 2001
Paul previously studied Geology at MSci degree level at the University of Bristol, during which time he published work on the geochemistry of fossil assemblage. Between this and his PhD he worked for two years in consultancy, before spending three years teaching principles of science and nature to adults with special needs.
Igneous emplacement, Igneous petrology, Structural geology, Caledonian tectonics
Paul is a keen musician, having written many songs for the guitar and keyboard, and performed these locally.
Anderson, P. E., Benton, M. J., Trueman, C. N., Paterson, B. A. and Cuny, G. (2007). Palaeoenvironments of vertebrates on the southern shore of Tethys: The nonmarine Early Cretaceous of Tunisia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 243, p 118-131
Paul is currently working towards publishing research on satellite igneous bodies adjacent to the Newry Complex, as well as a paper summarising new structural and aeromagnetic data.