University of Aberdeen | U.K.
Rob Butler is Professor of Tectonics at the University of Aberdeen (since 2008). Prior to this he held academic positions at the Universities of Leeds, Durham and the Open University. He has worked widely on orogenic belts and sedimentary basins, using surface and subsurface data. His speciality is to be a non-specialist, preferring to integrate disparate types of geological data to bear on problems in structural and tectonic geology. Rob has published widely on subjects such as the structural interpretation of seismic reflection data, tectonic evolution of the Himalayan syntaxes, linkages between tectonics and climate in the progression of the Messinian Salinity Crisis, the history and development of structural knowledge in the NW Highlands of Scotland, and the structural geology of deep-water sedimentary systems. Best known for his work on thrust belts, Rob developed section balancing methods to test models of deep orogenic structure. He uses stratigraphy and sedimentology to use the record of Earth surface processes to challenge tectonic models and paleogeographic reconstructions, especially in the central Mediterranean and to quantify rates of folding and thrusting. Rob currently co-directs the Fold-Thrust Research Group in Aberdeen, an initiative aimed at reducing uncertainty in subsurface interpretation. He is also director of the Virtual Seismic Atlas – an initiative to share the geological interpretation of seismic reflection data.
Rob has published over 150 research papers, served as Chair of the Tectonic Studies Group, and on the Council of the Geological Society of London, chairing their Geoconservation Committee. His expertise is field geology was recognised by being the recipient of the first Dewey Medal of the Geological Society (2018).
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