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 is an Earth Scientist with wide interests, including igneous emplacement, structural geology, resource geology, engineering geology and metamorphic petrology. Much of his research has involved using various techniques (magnetic, geochemical, structural, geophysical) to understand the zonation and emplacement of granite bodies in the Earth’s crust. His current research is closely linked with industry, including supervision of collaborative student projects that address real-world issues in resource and engineering geology. Paul has also published in the field of palaeontology from earlier research at MSci level.

Paul lectures on a variety of areas of Earth Sciences, particularly those with practical applications. He leads final year modules in Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology and Ore Deposits and Gemmology, which are designed to equip students with both research- and work-related skills. Paul is in the process of obtaining the Beacon teaching qualification at Fellowship level and is keen to develop innovative methods of teaching, harnessing new technologies and utilising connections with industry partners.

Paul is additionally Year Tutor and Welfare Tutor for Year 1 and 2 Earth Sciences students and Careers Tutor for all Earth Sciences students.


  • 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 completed his MSci in Geology at the University of Bristol, during which he published his final year dissertation in the journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. He then worked in geological consultancy (oil and gas and hydrogeology), before teaching at a college for adults with learning disabilities, at which he implemented Science and Nature as an area of the curriculum. Paul began his PhD in igneous emplacement at the University of Birmingham in 2010. He gained a teaching-focused academic position at the university in 2013 and has since been interested in developing both teaching and research in the practical areas of Earth science. Paul is also interested in communicating Earth Science concepts to a wider audience and co-presented a documentary made by the company Gemporia in 2016.


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

  • Earth systems
  • Earth history
  • Topics in geology
  • Field skills
  • Resources of the earth
  • Resources and deep crustal processes
  • Igneous petrology
  • Field skills
  • Major project supervision
  • Advanced project supervision
  • Ore deposits and gemmology
  • Engineering geology and hydrogeology

Doctoral research

PhD title
The Zonation and emplacement of the Newry Igneous Complex, Northern Ireland


Research interests

Structural geology, igneous emplacement, igneous petrology, resource geology, engineering geology, geophysics

Other activities

Paul is a keen runner and member of Bournville Harriers Running Club. He also enjoys writing and performing songs for the guitar.


Anderson, P.E., Cooper, M.R., Stevenson, C.T., Hastie, A.R., Hoggett, M., Inman, J., Meighan, I.G., Hurley, C., Reavy, R. J. & Ellam, R.M. (2016).  Zonation of the Newry Igneous Complex, Northern Ireland, based on geochemical and geophysical data.  Lithos, 260, 95-106. 

Cooper, M.R, Anderson, P., Condon, D.J., Stevenson, C.T.E, Ellam, R.M., Meighan, I.G., Crowley, Q.G. (2016).  Shape and intrusion history of the Late Caledonian Newry Igneous Complex, Northern Ireland in Young, M.E. (ed.), Unearthed: impacts of the Tellus surveys of the north of Ireland. Dublin. Royal Irish Academy

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

Papers under review and correction:

Anderson, P.E. (in review). A history of Extractive Industry within the West Midlands. Proceedings of the 19th Extractive Industry Geology Conference 2016 and Technical Meeting 2017,EIG Conferences Ltd 

Anderson, P. Inman, J., Stevenson, C., Cooper, M., Meighan, I., Hurley, C., Reavy, J. & Ellam, R. (under correction).  Incremental emplacement of the Newry Igneous Complex, Northern Ireland.  Geological Society of America Bulletin