Dr Mark Anderson
Profiles

Dr Mark Anderson

Head of School

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science & Engineering)

Role

Head of School
Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Structural Geology and Tectonics

Qualifications

Ph.D University of Wales, Cardiff
B.Sc. University of Southampton

Previous roles at the University of Plymouth:
Deputy Head of School (2010-2013)
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)

Professional membership

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

Executive Secretary, Commitee of Heads of University Geoscience Departments
Committee member, Geological Society Higher Education Network 2011-present
Chair, Geological Society of London, SW Regional Group, 2009 - 2012
Deputy Chair, Geological Society of London, SW Regional Group, 2008 and 2013 
Geological Society of London, SW Regional Group Committee Member, 2001 - present
Ussher Society, Chair, 2010-2012 
Ussher Society, Vice-Chair, 2009-2010 
Ussher Society Elected Committee Member, 1995-1997 and 2000-2004 


Teaching interests

Teaching in structural geology, mapwork and tectonics across the Earth Science degree scheme, with special interest in processes at "deeper" levels within the Earth. I teach on the following modules:

EAR110 - Planet Earth
EAR115 - Introductory Fieldwork & Skills (Geology)
EAR210 - Geological Fieldwork and Skills
EAR211 - Geospatial Techniques
EAR213 - Stratigraphy and Earth History
EAR215 - Structural Geology and Tectonics*
EAR314 - Advanced Tectonics*
EAR 513 - Continental Tectonics*
GLY5105 - Geodynamics of the Ocean Basins
GLY5205 - Geology and Geophysics of the Continental Shelves

* denotes course leader

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 - Mapping training, Central Iberian Ranges, Spain
Stage 2 - Specilaist field skills in structural geology, SW England
Stage 2 - Mapping and project training, SW England
Stage 3 - Inversion tectonics, North Somerset
Stage 4 - Rift basins and basin inversion, North Somerset
Stages 3 and 4 - Field mapping camps (Arctic Norway, Pyrenees, Scotland)

Staff serving as external examiners

King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (2013 - present)
Cardiff University (BSc Geology, 2012 - 2014)

Aberdeen University (6th Century Courses, 2013)
Aberdeen University (BSc Geology & Petroleum Geology, BSc Geoscience 2010 - 2013)

Durham University (PhD, 2015)
Edinburgh University (PhD 2010)
Edinburgh University (PhD 2008)
Kingston University (PhD 2007)

Research interests

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 – including consultancy to oil companies);
(2) The integration of structural geology with palaeomagnetism to solve regional tectonic problems;
(3) Mineral growth and fabric development during deformation in low-medium grade metamorphic terrains;
(4) The geometry and kinematics of fold and thrust belts.

I am also editing a book on “Variscan to Alpine Structure and Tectonics of Britain”, due for publication as part of the Geological Conservation Review Series.

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Completions:

Dr. John Rogers (Director of Studies) The interpretation and characterisation of lineaments identified from Landsat TM imagery of SW England. PhD awarded 1997 

Dr. Alison Warwick (Director of Studies) Mineral Growth and fluid flow in mid-crustal shear zones. PhD awarded 2000 

Dr. Jenny Inwood (2nd supervisor) Palaeomagnetic and structural analyses of the tectonic evolution of the Hatay ophiolite, southern Turkey. PhD awarded March 2006 

Dr. Ben Dashwood (2nd supervisor)  Palaeomagnetic and structural insights into the Central Andean Rotation Pattern, Chile. PhD awarded September 2007

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 Ahmed Fatih Omer  (2nd supervisor) - Integrated geophysical, geochemical and structural analyses of the Mersin ophiolite, Turkey.  PhD awarded September 2014

Dr Matt Meyer (2nd supervisor) - An integrated palaeomagnetic and geochemical investigation of lower oceanic crustal accretion using ophiolitic analogues. PhD awarded January 2016.

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

Mr Israel Otobro (2nd supervisor) - Sequence stratigraphy and structure of Dahomey Embayment.

Dr Hazel Gibson (4th supervisor) - Underground Britain. PhD awarded February 2017

Ms Giulia Delgi Alessandrini (3rd supervisor)



Research groups

  • Geodynamics and Palaeomagnetism

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Degli Alessandrini G, Menegon L, Malaspina N, Dijkstra AH & Anderson MW 2017 'Creep of mafic dykes infiltrated by melt in the lower continental crust (Seiland Igneous Province, Norway)' Lithos, 274-275, 169-187 , DOI PEARL
Peacock DCP, Tavarnelli E & Anderson MW 2017 'Interplay between stress permutations and overpressure to cause strike-slip faulting during tectonic inversion' Terra Nova 29, (1) 61-70 , DOI PEARL
Peacock DCP, Anderson MW, Rotevatn A, Sanderson DJ & Tavarnelli E 2017 'The interdisciplinary use of “overpressure”' Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research , DOI PEARL
Morris A, Meyer M, Anderson MW & MacLeod CJ 2016 'Clockwise rotation of the entire Oman ophiolite occurred in a suprasubduction zone setting' Geology , DOI PEARL
Rice AHN & Anderson MW 2016 'Restoration of the external Scandinavian Caledonides' GEOLOGICAL MAGAZINE 153, (5-6) 1136-1165 , DOI PEARL
Morris A, Robertson AHF, Anderson MW & Hodgson E 2015 'Did the Kyrenia Range of northern Cyprus rotate with the Troodos-Hatay microplate during the tectonic evolution of the eastern Mediterranean?' INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EARTH SCIENCES 105, (1) 399-415 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Anderson MW, Price GD, Peacock DCP & Page KN 2014 'Field excursion to examine the Jurassic sedimentology and structure of the North Somerset coast' GEOSCIENCE IN SOUTHWEST ENGLAND 13, (3) 362-364
Maffione M, Morris A & Anderson MW 2013 'Recognizing detachment-mode seafloor spreading in the deep geological past' Scientific Reports 3, , DOI PEARL
Peacock DCP & Anderson MW 2012 'THE SCALING OF PULL-APARTS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR FLUID FLOW IN AREAS WITH STRIKE-SLIP FAULTS' JOURNAL OF PETROLEUM GEOLOGY 35, (4) 389-399 Author Site , DOI
FitzPatrick M, Anderson M & Truscott J 2012 'Using mobile devices to extend experiential learning and fieldwork practice in the earth sciences' Planet (25) 33-39 Author Site Publisher Site , DOI
Inwood J, Morris A, Anderson MW & Robertson AHF 2009 'Neotethyan intraoceanic microplate rotation and variations in spreading axis orientation: Palaeomagnetic evidence from the Hatay ophiolite (southern Turkey)' EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE LETTERS 280, (1-4) 105-117 Author Site , DOI
Inwood J, Anderson MW, Morris A & Robertson AHF 2009 'Successive structural events in the Hatay ophiolite of southeast Turkey: Distinguishing oceanic, emplacement and post-emplacement phases of faulting' TECTONOPHYSICS 473, (1-2) 208-222 Author Site , DOI
Price GD, Vowles-Sheridan N & Anderson MW 2008 'Lower jurassic mud volcanoes and methane, Kilve, Somerset, UK' PROCEEDINGS OF THE GEOLOGISTS ASSOCIATION 119, 193-201 Author Site
Morris A, Anderson MW & Robertson AHF 2005 'Comment on: “Tectonics of the Akamas and Mamonia ophiolites, Western Cyprus: magnetic petrofabrics and paleomagnetism” by G.J. Borradaile and K. Lucas☆' Journal of Structural Geology 27, (1) 171-174 , DOI
Morris A, Anderson MW, Robertson AHF & Al-Riyami K 2002 'Extreme tectonic rotations within an eastern Mediterranean ophiolite (Baër–Bassit, Syria)' Earth and Planetary Science Letters 202, (2) 247-261 , DOI
Morris A & Anderson MW 2002 'Palaeomagnetic results from the Baër-Bassit ophiolite of northern Syria and their implication for fold tests in sheeted dyke terrains' Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts A/B/C 27, (25-31) 1215-1222 , DOI
Anderson MW & Barker AJ 1999 'Caledonian terrane analysis in Troms-Tornetrask, northern Scandinavia, utilizing the geochemistry of high-level metabasites' NORSK GEOLOGISK TIDSSKRIFT 79, (3) 145-159
Morris A & Anderson MW 1999 'Comment on “block rotations and continental extension in the central aegean sea: palaeomagnetic and structural evidence from tinos and mykonos (cyclades, greece)” by D. Avigad et al' Earth and Planetary Science Letters 171, (3) 511-512 , DOI
Peacock DCP, Anderson MW, Morris A & Randall DE 1998 'Evidence for the importance of 'small' faults on block rotation' TECTONOPHYSICS 299, (1-3) 1-13 Author Site , DOI
Morris A, Anderson MW & Robertson AHF 1998 'Multiple tectonic rotations and transform tectonism in an intraoceanic suture zone, SW Cyprus' TECTONOPHYSICS 299, (1-3) 229-253 Author Site , DOI
Morris A & Anderson MW 1998 'Selected papers from the symposium "Crustal Rotations: Causes and Consequences", 9th Meeting European Union of Geosciences, Strasbourg, France, 23-27 March 1997 - Preface' TECTONOPHYSICS 299, (1-3) VII-VIII Author Site
Morris A 1996 'First palaeomagnetic results from the Cycladic Massif, Greece, and their implications for Miocene extension directions and tectonic models in the Aegean' Earth and Planetary Science Letters 142, (3-4) 397-408 , DOI
Anderson MW, Barker AJ, Bennett D G & Dallmeyer RD 1992 'A tectonic model for Scandian terrane accretion in the northern Scandinavian Caledonides' JOURNAL OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY 149, 727-741 , DOI
Chapters
Morris A, Anderson MW, Inwood J & Robertson AHF 2006 'Palaeomagnetic insights into the evolution of Neotethyan oceanic crust in the eastern Mediterranean' in Robertson AHF; Mountrakis D Tectonic Development of the Eastern Meditteranean Region The Geological Society, London 351-372 , DOI
Anderson MW & Morris A 2004 'The puzzle of axis-normal magnetic lineations in folded low-grade sediments (Bude Formation, SW England). In: (Eds.),' in Martinez-Hernandez F; Lüneburg CA; Aubourg C; Jackson M Magnetic Fabrics: Methods and Applications, Geological Society Special Publication, 238, Geological Society, London 175-190
Anderson MW 1989 'Basement-cover evolution during Caledonian Orogenesis, Troms, N Norway' The Caledonide Geology of Scandinavia Springer 101-110
Barker AJ & Anderson MW 1989 'The Caledonian structural--metamorphic evolution of south Troms, Norway' in Daly JS; Cliff RA Evolution of Metamoprhic Belts The Geological Society, London 385-390 , DOI