Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Teaching Associate

Contact details

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

Paul has Research expertise in the petrogenesis and emplacement of granite from structural, geophysical, petrological and geochemical data.

He also has extensive pedagogic experience, having developed a science-based area of learning at a college for adults with learnings disabilities and lectured on a wide variety of university-level topics.

In addition Paul is Year Tutor for students in years 1 and 2, providing pastoral and academic assistance where needed.


  • PhD Igneous petrogenesis and emplacement: 2010 - 2014
  • MSci Geology – University of Bristol: 2001-2005
  • A levels in Maths, Further Maths, Geography and Physics: 1999-2001


Paul worked in geological consultancy and at a college for adults with learning disabilities prior to beginning his academic career. At masters level he specialised in palaeontology (gaining a publication in Palaeo 3), before specialising in igneous and structural geology in his PhD. This has given him a wide geological background, allowing Paul to lecture on a large variety of topics.


Year 1

  • Earth systems (module Lead)
  • Structural Geology
  • Earth History
  • Topics in Geology
  • Field Skills

Year 2

  • Resources of the Earth
  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Field skills

Year 3/4

  • Ore Geology and Gemmology (Module Lead)

Doctoral research

PhD title The Zonation, petrogenesis and 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.