School of Earth and Environment

Dr Paul Markwick

Visiting Lecturer

Telephone number: C/o Dr Douglas Paton
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Affiliation: Institute of Applied Geoscience

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I am a geologist specialising in the application of palaeogeography, palaeoclimatology, source-to-sink analysis and tectonics to geoscience problem solving, especially in oil, gas and minerals exploration.

I am currently a visiting Lecturer at the University of Leeds working with Professor Paton’s Basin Structure Group.

Between 2004 and 2017 I worked at Getech, a geological consultancy that was originally a spin-out company from the University of Leeds. I established the geological side of the business in 2004 with Dr John Jacques, initially as the Petroleum Systems Evaluation Group. I was Technical Director from 2008 – 2017, succeeding Dr Chris Green. During my time at Getech I developed, managed and promoted a series of major commercial projects, including their flagship system, Globe, which was heavily based on my Phd and post-doc research at The University of Chicago and University of Reading. An important part of my role was in facilitating relationships with leading international university research groups working in tectonics, plate modelling and Earth System modelling in order to strengthen the links between Industry and Academia.


PhD, The University of Chicago, Geophysical Sciences, 1997. Late Cretaceous to Pleistocene climates: nature of the transition from a 'hot-house' to an 'ice-house' world

BA, University of Oxford, 1987. Geology


  • AAPG
  • AGU
  • Yorkshire Geological Society

Research Interests

  • Developing methodologies for reconstructing past landscapes (palaeogeography) and using these to map and understand the evolution of the Earth’s surface and depositional record through time.
  • Integrating diverse fields to aid problem solving in geology and especially exploration
  • Applying Earth System models and palaeogeography to modelling and retrodicting lithofacies through time.
  • Palaeoecology

Teaching Interests

I used to give an annual lecture on palaeoclimatology at Leeds (as part of the old PAGES course). More recently I have taught on the Pyrenees field course for the Structural Geology with Geophysics MSc.


A full list of my publications is available at: