Dr Andrew Kerr

Dr Andrew Kerr

Reader in Petrology & Director of Postgraduate Research

School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Email:
kerra@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4578
Fax:
+44 (0)29 2087 4326
Location:
2.01, Main Building

Interests

  • large igneous provinces
  • oceanic plateaus
  • igneous geochemistry
  • magmatic processes
  • crustal growth
  • Reader in Petrology – School of Earth & Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University, UK (2009 – present)
  • Senior Lecturer in Petrology – School of Earth & Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University, UK (2004 – 2009)
  • Lecturer in Petrology – School of Earth & Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University, UK (2000 – 2004)
  • Editor in Chief –Lithos (2007 – present)
  • Public Relations Officer – Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (2011 – 2016)
  • Leverhulme Research Fellow– Leicester University(1996 – 1999)
  • NERC Post Doctoral Research Assistant –Leicester University (1993 – 1996)
  • PGCE - University of Leicester (1999)
  • PhD – Geology, University of Durham (1993)
  • BSc – Geochemistry, St. Andrews University (1990)

Honours and awards

1997 - Presidents Award, Geological Society of London

2000 - Clough Award, Edinburgh Geological Society

2001 - Max Hey Medal, Mineralogical Society

Committees and reviewing

Member of Cardiff University Senate 2013-2016

Year 2 - Igneous geology

Year 2 - Metamorphic geology

Year 3 - Volcanic and magmatic processes

I primarily use elemental, isotope and geochronological data from igneous rocks to assess: the petrogenesis and environmental impact of oceanic plateaus and flood basalts, particularly the Caribbean, the North Atlantic Igneous Province; continental crust formation processes through time; supercontinent reconstruction; tectonomagmatic evolution of the Caribbean and northern Andes; petrogenesis and origin of Tethyan ophiolites in the Middle East; geochemical evolution of the mantle.

My research also impacts upon the origin of economic mineralisation associated with large igneous provinces and the formation and thermal maturation of oil source rocks around the Caribbean and in northwestern South America.

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