Paul Anderson

Teaching Associate

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Paul Anderson

Contact details

Department of Earth Sciences
Aston Webb Building
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Paul Anderson is developing expertise in the field of igneous emplacement, structural geology and high temperature deformation.  Paul also has extensive teaching experience, having spent three years developing a scientific area of the curriculum at a college for adults with learning disabilities.  He currently teaches a diverse range of topics at Levels 1 and 2 and has supervised a final year MSci project.


  • PhD Igneous Emplacement: 2010-(ongoing)
  • MSci Geology – University of Bristol: 2001-2005
  • A levels in Maths, Further Maths, Geography and Physics: 1999-2001


Paul Anderson worked in geological consultancy and teaching for a total of five years before beginning his PhD on the emplacement of granite at the University of Birmingham in 2010.  During his PhD he gained a great deal of teaching experience through leading days on field trips; arranging an excursion and talk for amateur geologists; independently supervising an MSci project and assisting in a wide variety of geological modules.

Although Paul’s primary interests are in structural and igneous geology, he is always keen to diversify and gain expertise in other fields.  This is shown by the variety of modules in which he lectures and his former palaeontology-related publication.


Level 1:
Earth systems
Structural Geology
Field Geology

Level 2:
Resources of the Earth
Introduction to structural geology for hydrogeologists
Field Mapping

Doctoral research

PhD title Emplacement of the Newry Igneous Complex, Northern Ireland


Research interests

Structural geology, igneous emplacement, igneous petrology, palaeontology, geophysics

Other activities

Paul is a keen musician, having written many songs for the guitar and keyboard, and performed these locally.


Anderson, P., Benton, M., Trueman, C., Paterson, B., Cuny, G. (2007).  Palaeoenvironments of vertebrates on the southern shore of Tethys: the nonmarine Early Cretaceous of Tunisia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 243, 118-131

Cooper, M., Anderson, P., Condon, D., Stevenson, C., Ellam, R., Meighan, I., Crowley, Q. (in review).  Intrusion history of the late Caledonian Newry Igneous Complex, Northern Ireland: integration of nine U-Pb age constraints and Tellus geophysical data sets reveal magnetic reversals during the Lower Devonian.

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