Professor Andy Saunders

Andy SaundersCGeol FGS
Emeritus Professor of Geology

Direct contact:
T: 0116 252 3923

Degree Accreditation Officer, Geological Society of London

I am currently the Degree Accreditation Officer of the Geological Society. In addition to liaising with and assisting departments in their preparation for accreditation and re-accreditation of their degree programmes, the role entails working with the Accreditation Committee, and keeping abreast with national strategy on accreditation.

Research interests

I am studying the links between mantle plumes, large igneous provinces, and climate change. This is focused on the development of the Siberian Traps: was a mantle plume involved in their formation, how long did they take to erupt, and what was their impact on Earth’s climate?

Recent publications

  • Saunders, A.D. 2016. Two LIPs and two Earth-system crises: the impact of the North Atlantic Igneous Province and the Siberian Traps on the Earth-surface carbon cycle, Geological Magazine, 153, 201-222. doi:10.1017/S0016756815000175
  • Tapster, S., Roberts, N.M.W., Petterson, M.G., Saunders, A.D. and Naden, J. 2014. From continent to intra-oceanic arc: Zircon xenocrysts record the crustal evolution of the Solomon island arc, Geology, 42, 1087-1090. doi:10.1130/G36033.1
  • Coogan, L.A., Saunders, A.D. and Wilson, R.N. 2014. Aluminum-in-olivine thermometry of primitive basalts: Evidence of an anomalously hot mantle source for large igneous provinces. Chemical Geology, 368, 1-10. doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2014.01.004
  • Reichow, M.K., Pringle, M.S.,  Al'Mukhamedov, A.I., Allen, M.B., Andreichev, V.L., Buslov, M.M., Davies, C.E., Fedoseev, G.S., Fitton, J.G., Inger, S., Medvedev, A.Y., Mitchell, C., Puchkov, V.N., Safonova, I.Y., Scott, R.A., Saunders, A.D., 2009. The timing and extent of the eruption of the Siberian Traps large igneous province: Implications for the end-Permian environmental crisis, Earth Planet. Sci. Letters 277,  9-20. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2008.09.030
  • Saunders, A.D. and Reichow, M.K. 2009. The Siberian Traps and the End-Permian mass extinction: A critical review. Chinese Science Bulletin, 54, 20-37. doi:10.1007/s11434-008-0543-7
  • Saunders, A.D., Jones, S.M., Morgan, L.A., Pierce, K.L., Widdowson, M., Xu, Y.G. 2007. Regional uplift associated with continental large igneous provinces: The roles of mantle plumes and the lithosphere. Chemical Geology, 241, 282-318. doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2007.01.017
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