Dr 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 lectures in a variety of areas of Earth Sciences, specialising in ores and igneous/metamorphic processes.  He is Module Leader for three modules, including a specialised third- and fourth-year module in ore minerals.  He is Year Tutor for first- and second-year Earth Science students, which involves providing academic assistance and arranging Welcome Week for newly arriving students.  He is also Careers Tutor for Earth Sciences, which involves working alongside the Careers Service to ensure that students are informed of careers and internship opportunities.

Paul’s research has focused on using various techniques (magnetic, geochemical, structural, geophysical) to understand the zonation and emplacement of granite.  He has also published in the field of palaeontology and is developing research in ore geology – he currently supervises four masters level projects in this area.

Prior to his academic career Paul worked at a college for adults with learning disabilities.  Here he developed a science-based area of learning that involved education on environmental issues and conservation projects.


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


Paul has a wide geological background, allowing him to lecture and pursue research on a variety of topics.  At masters level he specialised in palaeontology (gaining a publication in Palaeo 3).  Following this he worked in geological consultancy (oil and gas and hydrogeology), before working at a college for adults with learning disabilities.  At this college Paul designed and implemented an area of the curriculum called ‘Science and Nature’ which involved students learning about the environment and taking part in conservation work.  Over this time he developed an interest in igneous and structural geology and ultimately decided to pursue a PhD in this area.  This research led to new findings on the zonation and emplacement of igneous intrusions, which are in the process of being published. More recently Paul has developed the area of ore geology at the University of Birmingham and currently supervises four masters projects in this field.


Paul's teaching spans several modules and programmes of study in the following areas:

  • Earth systems
  • Structural geology
  • Earth history
  • Topics in geology
  • Resources of the Earth
  • Resources and deep crustal processes
  • Igneous petrology
  • Field skills
  • Ore deposits and gemmology

Doctoral research

PhD title The Zonation 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., Cooper, M., Stevenson, C., Hastie, A., Hoggett, M., Inman, J., Meighan, I., Hurley, C., Reavy, J., Ellam, R. (in review).  Zonation of the Newry Igneous Complex, Northern Ireland, based on geochemical and aeromagnetic data.  Lithos

Cooper, M., Anderson, P., Condon, D., Stevenson, C., Ellam, R., Meighan, I., Crowley, Q. (in press).  Shape and intrusion history of the Late Caledonian Newry Igneous Complex, Northern Ireland.  Royal Irish Academy Tellus Impacts Book

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

Anderson, P., Inman, J., Stevenson, C., Cooper, M., Meighan, I., Hurley, C., Reavy, J., Ellam, R. (in preparation).  Incremental intrusion of the Newry Igneous Complex, Northern Ireland