Dr Tobias James Scott Dalton


I am the module leader for Applied Geoscience in geology and I lecture in Structural Geology, Field Geology and in Geophysics. I completed my undergraduate in Geology at the Royal School of Mines at Imperial college, before continuing on to complete an MSc and PhD at the University of Leeds in Structural Geology and Geophysics, where i also taught on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. My rsearch involves combining field, seismic and geophysical data to understand the development of the West African margins, linking mantle and tectonic processes with structural and sedimentary systems. I am also interested in using seismic interpretation and restoration techniques to understand gravitational instabilities on passive margins.

Academic responsibilities

Lecturer in Basin Analysis


  • PhD Structural Geology and Geophysics, University of Leeds
  • MSc Structural Geology and Geophysics, University of Leeds
  • BSc Geology, Royal School of Mines, Imperial College


  • 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
  • Dalton TJS, Paton DA, Needham DT (2016).  The influence of mechanical stratigraphy on multi-layer gravity collapse structures: insights from the Orange Basin, South Africa. Petroleum Geoscience of the West African Margin, Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 438, doi: 10.1144/SP438.4
  • 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, Vol.82, P.163-177, doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2017.
  • Parsons, AJ, Whitham, AG, Kelly, SRA, Vautravers, BPH, Dalton, TJS, Andrews, SD, Pickles, CS, Strogen, DP, Braham, W, Jolley, DW, Gregory FJ, (2017). Structural evolution and basin architecture of the Traill Ø region, NE Greenland: A record of polyphase rifting of the East Greenland continental margin. Geosphere doi: 10.1130/GES01382.1.