Professor Mark Anderson
Professor of Geology
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
- Structural geology
- Geology fieldwork
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Professor of Geology
PhD University of Wales, Cardiff
B.Sc. University of Southampton
Previous roles at the University of Plymouth:
Head of School (2013-2020)
Head of Earth Sciences (2002-2010)
Associate Head of School, Resources (2003-2009)
Project leader for fieldwork within the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (Experiential Learning in the Environmental and Natural Sciences) (2005-2010)
Geosciences Programme Manager (1997-2002)
Fellow of the Geological Society of London
Member of Geological Society of America
Member of the European Geosciences Union (EGU)
Executive Member of the Geological Society of Norway
Member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Academic Associate, Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Roles on external bodies
Teaching in structural geology, mapwork and tectonics across the Earth Science degree scheme, with special interest in interpretation of the sub-surface in relation to fluid flow and deformation. I teach on the following modules:
GEOL1003 - Earth Systems
GEOL2003 - Geospatial Techniques
GEOL2012 - Structural Geology and Tectonics (module leader)
GEOL3005 - Advanced Tectonics
In addition to teaching lectures and practical sessions, I am also heavily involved in fieldwork, including:
Stage 1 - Local trips studying the Geology of Plymouth Bay
Stage 2 - Specialist field skills in structural geology, SW England
Stage 2 - Mapping and project training, SW England
Stages 3 and 4 - Field mapping camps (Arctic Norway, Pyrenees, Scotland)
Stage 3 - Death Valley
Stage 4 - Bristol Channel Basin
Staff serving as external examiners
King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (2013 - present)
Cardiff University (BSc Geology, 2012 - 2014)
Aberdeen University (BSc Geology & Petroleum Geology, BSc Geoscience 2010 - 2013)
I currently pursue research in the follwoing main areas:
(1) The tectonic evolution of Palaeozoic and Alpine orogens in NW Europe (involves fully integrated, multidisciplinary studies);
(2) The integration of structural geology with palaeomagnetism to solve regional tectonic problems;
(3) Mineral growth and structural development during deformation in low-medium grade metamorphic terrains and the influence of fluid flow on both;
(4) The geometry and kinematics of fold and thrust belts.
Edinburgh University (2008)
Kingston University (2007)
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
Ms Francesca Prando (2nd supervisor) - Brittle-viscous deformation cycles in quartz veins at the base of the seismogenic zone.
Mr Grant Cole (3rd supervisor) - Combined salt and extensional tectonic controls on facies distribution in the Early Cretaceous of the Maesrat Basin, Spain. PhD awarded May 2020
Dr. Giulia Delgi Alessandrini (3rd supervisor) - Strain localisation in the mafic lower crust. PhD awarded August 2018
Dr. Israel Etobro (2nd supervisor) - Sequence stratigraphy and structure of Dahomey Embayment. PhD awarded December 2017
Dr. Hazel Gibson (4th supervisor) - Underground Britain. PhD awarded February 2017
Dr. Mohammed Chaanda (3rd supervisor) - Terrestrial climate reconstructions across Cenozoic greenhouse and icehouse climate events using new organic and inorganic climate proxies. PhD awarded June 2016
Dr. Matt Meyer (2nd supervisor) - An integrated palaeomagnetic and geochemical investigation of lower oceanic crustal accretion using ophiolitic analogues. PhD awarded January 2016.
Dr. Ahmed Fatih Omer (2nd supervisor) - Integrated geophysical, geochemical and structural analyses of the Mersin ophiolite, Turkey. PhD awarded September 2014
Dr. Chinwendu Elenwa (2nd supervisor) - Regional versus localised controls on the nature of deep-sea petroleum reservoirs in tectonically active settings using a sequence stratigraphic approach . PhD awarded April 2014
Dr. Ben Dashwood (2nd supervisor) Palaeomagnetic and structural insights into the Central Andean Rotation Pattern, Chile. PhD awarded September 2007
Dr. Jenny Inwood (2nd supervisor) Palaeomagnetic and structural analyses of the tectonic evolution of the Hatay ophiolite, southern Turkey. PhD awarded March 2006
Dr. Alison Warwick (Director of Studies) Mineral Growth and fluid flow in mid-crustal shear zones. PhD awarded 2000
Dr. John Rogers (Director of Studies) The interpretation and characterisation of lineaments identified from Landsat TM imagery of SW England. PhD awarded 1997
Key publications are highlightedJournals
Ussher Society, Annual General Meeting, Exmouth, January 2012.
Ussher Society, Annual General Meeting, Plymouth, January 2010.
Fermor Flagship Meeting of the Geological Society "Minerals, Magmas and Megastructures", Natural History Museum, London, (Co-convenor September 2006).
Tectonic Studies Group of the Geological Society of London Annual General Meeting, University of Plymouth, (Convenor January 2005).
Ussher Society Annual General Meeting, Plymouth, Conference Secretary, January 2003.
Special Session 42 “Crustal rotations - causes and consequences”. European Union of Geosciences 9, Strasbourg, (Co-convenor March 1997).
Ussher Society Annual General Meeting, Dartington, Conference Secretary, January 1993.