Prof Douglas Paton
Chair in Structural Geology and Basin Analysis
+44(0) 113 34
Email address: D.A.Paton@leeds.ac.uk
Affiliation: Institute of Applied Geoscience
I am currently the Chair in Structural Geology and Basin Analysis within the Institute of Applied Geosciences. My two main roles in my current position are Director of the Basin Structure Group and the Course Director of the MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics.
On the research side I look at the evolution and deformation of sedimentary basins using seismic interpretation and field observations. I have set up the Basin Structure Group (https://bsg.leeds.ac.uk/) which is an industry funded consortium investigating evolution of extensional basins and passive margins.
My research interests focus on the structural evolution and deformation of sedimentary basins and more particularly:
- The interaction of tectonics, structural geology and sedimentology using both 3D sub-surface and 3D outcrop data sets. In particular a) using sedimentology / stratigraphy to understand temporal and spatial variations in faulting and folding, b) changes in sedimentology in response to tectonic variations and c) generation of 3D outcrop models to increase understanding of basin evolution.
- The development of passive continental margins, and interaction of tectonics, subsidence, sedimentation and sea level fluctuations in controlling margin architecture and evolution.
- Using integrated basin models to develop better predictive hydrocarbon generation and migration models.
- Integrating sub-surface and field studies.
We are also working on both volcanic and highly extended margins to understand both their evolution as well as the impact this has on hydrocarbon exploration.
The Basin Structure Group is global in extent but we have a focus on the following areas:
Southern Atlantic more generally
NW European margin
NW Shelf Australia
East African Rift
Offshore East Africa
My current teaching commitments at the University of Leeds include first year Dynamic Earth, third year Basin dynamics. I am also teaching on a number of modules on the MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics course and I am involved in supervision of the MSc projects.
- Pei Y; Paton DA; Knipe RJ; Wu K (2017) Examining fault architecture and strain distribution using geospatial and geomechanical modelling: An example from the Qaidam basin, NE Tibet, Marine and Petroleum Geology, 84, pp.1-17. doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2017.03.023
- Richardson JC; Hodgson DM; Paton D; Craven B; Rawcliffe A; Lang A (2017) Where is my sink? Reconstruction of landscape development in southwestern Africa since the Late Jurassic, Gondwana Research, 45, pp.43-64. doi: 10.1016/j.gr.2017.01.004
- Paton DA; Pindell J; McDermott K; Bellingham P; Horn B (2017) Evolution of seaward-dipping reflectors at the onset of oceanic crust formation at volcanic passive margins: Insights from the South Atlantic, Geology, 45, pp.439-442. doi: 10.1130/G38706.1
- Dalton TJS; Paton DA; Oldfield SJ; Needham DT; Wood AM (2017) The importance of missing strain in Deep Water Fold and Thrust Belts, Marine and Petroleum Geology, 82, pp.163-177. doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2017.01.013
- Dalton TJS; Paton DA; Needham DT (2017) Influence of mechanical stratigraphy on multi-layer gravity collapse structures: Insights from the Orange Basin, South Africa, Geological Society Special Publication, 438, pp.211-228. doi: 10.1144/SP438.4
- Mohammed M; Paton D; Collier REL; Hodgson N; Negonga M (2017) Interaction of crustal heterogeneity and lithospheric processes in determining passive margin architecture on the southern Namibian margin, Geological Society Special Publication, 438, pp.177-193. doi: 10.1144/SP438.9
- Paton DA; Mortimer EJ; Hodgson N; Van Der Spuy D (2017) The missing piece of the South Atlantic jigsaw: When continental break-up ignores crustal heterogeneity, Geological Society Special Publication, 438, pp.195-210. doi: 10.1144/SP438.8
- Pei Y; Paton DA; Wu K; Xie L (2017) Subsurface structural interpretation by applying trishear algorithm: an example from the Lenghu5 fold-and-thrust belt, Qaidam Basin, Northern Tibetan Plateau, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, . doi: 10.1016/j.jseaes.2017.05.012
- Mortimer EJ; Paton DA; Scholz CA; Strecker MR (2016) Implications of structural inheritance in oblique rift zones for basin compartmentalization: Nkhata Basin, Malawi Rift (EARS), Marine and Petroleum Geology, 72, pp.110-121. doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2015.12.018
- Pei Y; Paton DA; Knipe RJ; Wu K (2015) A review of fault sealing behaviour and its evaluation in siliciclastic rocks, Earth-Science Reviews, 150, pp.121-138. doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2015.07.011
- Alsulami S; Paton DA; Cornwell DG (2015) Tectonic variation and structural evolution of the West Greenland continental margin, AAPG Bulletin, 99, pp.1689-1712. doi: 10.1306/03021514023
- Spikings AL; Hodgson DM; Paton DA; Spychala YT (2015) Palinspastic restoration of an exhumed deepwater system: A workflow to improve paleogeographic reconstructions, Interpretation, 3, pp.SAA71-SAA87. doi: 10.1190/INT-2015-0015.1
- Dalton TJS; Paton DA; Needham T; Hodgson N (2015) Temporal and spatial evolution of deepwater fold thrust belts: Implications for quantifying strain imbalance, Interpretation, 3, pp.SAA59-SAA70. doi: 10.1190/INT-2015-0034.1
- Wood AM; Paton DA; Collier RELL (2015) The missing complexity in seismically imaged normal faults: What are the implications for geometry and production response?, 421, pp.213-230. doi: 10.1144/SP421.12
- Wood A; Paton D; Collier R; O'Connor V (2015) Understanding regional-scale structural uncertainty: The onshore Gulf of Corinth rift as a hydrocarbon exploration analogue, Interpretation, 3, pp.SAC35-SAC53. doi: 10.1190/INT-2015-0046.1
- Pei Y; Paton DA; Knipe RJ (2014) Defining a 3-dimensional trishear parameter space to understand the temporal evolution of fault propagation folds, Journal of Structural Geology, 66, pp.284-297. doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2014.05.018
- Soltan R; Mountney NP; McCaffrey WD; Paton DA (2013) Reconstruction of channel and barform architecture in a Pennsylvanian fluvio-deltaic succession: Brimham Grit, Northern England, AAPG Search and Discovery, 50884, pp.1-4.
- Wood AM; Collier REL; Paton DA (2012) Comparing simulated production response across realistic and seismically forward modelled fault geometries, Fault and Top Seals: From Characterization to Modelling, .
- Vinnels JS; Butler RWH; McCaffrey WD; Paton DA (2010) Depositional processes across the Sinu Accretionary Prism, offshore Colombia, MAR PETROL GEOL, 27, pp.794-809. doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2009.12.008
- Butler RWH; Paton DA (2010) Evaluating lateral compaction in deepwater fold and thrust belts: How much are we missing from "nature's sandbox"?, GSA Today, 20, pp.4-10. doi: 10.1130/GSATG77A.1
- Nakajima T; Peakall J; McCaffrey WD; Paton DA; Thompson PJP (2009) OUTER-BANK BARS: A NEW INTRA-CHANNEL ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENT WITHIN SINUOUS SUBMARINE SLOPE CHANNELS, J SEDIMENT RES, 79, pp.872-886. doi: 10.2110/jsr.2009.094
- Paton DA; van der Spuy D; di Primio R; Horsfield B (2008) Tectonically induced adjustment of passive-margin accommodation space; influence on the hydrocarbon potential of the Orange Basin, South Africa, AAPG BULL, 92, pp.589-609. doi: 10.1306/12280707023
- Paton DA; di Primio R; Kuhlmann G; van der Spuy D; Horsfield B (2007) Insights into the Petroleum System Evolution of the southern Orange Basin, South Africa, S AFR J GEOL, 110, pp.261-274. doi: 10.2113/gssajg.110.2-3.261
- Hirsch KK; Scheck-Wenderoth M; Paton DA; Bauer K (2007) Crustal structure beneath the Orange Basin, South Africa, S AFR J GEOL, 110, pp.249-260. doi: 10.2113/gssajg.110.2-3.249
- Mortimer E; Paton DA; Scholz CA; Strecker M; Blisniuk P (2007) Orthogonal to oblique rifting: effect of rift basin orientation in the evolution of the North basin, Malawi Rift, East Africa, Basin Research, 19, pp.393-407. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2117.2007.00332.x
- Paton DA; Carr M; Trudgill B; Ortner H; Medwedeff D (2007) Alpine-scale 3D geospatial modeling: Applying new techniques to old problems, Geosphere, 3, pp.527-549. doi: 10.1130/GES00093.1
- Paton DA; Macdonald DIM; Underhill JR (2006) Applicability of thin or thick skinned structural models in a region of multiple inversion episodes; southern South Africa, JOURNAL OF STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY, 28, pp.1933-1947. doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2006.07.002
- Paton DA (2006) Influence of crustal heterogeneity on normal fault dimensions and evolution: southern South Africa extensional system, J STRUCT GEOL, 28, pp.868-886. doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2006.01.006
- Paton DA; Underhill JR (2004) Role of crustal anisotropy in modifying the structural and sedimentological evolution of extensional basins: the Gamtoos Basin, South Africa, BASIN RES, 16, pp.339-359. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2117.2004.00237.x
- Macdonald D; Gomez-Perez I; Franzese J; Spalleti L; Lawver L; Gahagan L; Dalziel I; Thomas C; Trewin N; Hole M; Paton DA (2003) Mesozoic break-up of SW Gondwana: implications for regional hydrocarbon potential of the southern South Atlantic, Marine and Petroleum Geology, 20, pp.287-308. doi: 10.1016/S0264-8172(03)00045-X
- Paton DA; Mortimer E; Hodgson N (Accepted) The missing piece of the South Atlantic jigsaw and its role in crustal reactivation an undiscovered triple junction and continental break-up, Geological Society Special Publications, pp.210-210.