School of Earth and Environment

Douglas Paton Prof Douglas Paton

Chair in Structural Geology and Basin Analysis

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 35238
Email address: D.A.Paton@leeds.ac.uk
Room: 9.145b

Affiliation: Institute of Applied Geoscience

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Biography

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.

Research

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:

South Africa
Namibia
Southern Atlantic more generally
Greenland
NW European margin
NW Shelf Australia
East African Rift
Offshore East Africa

Teaching

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.

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