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Tim  Dooley
Tim Dooley Structural Geologist - Analog Modeling (Research Scientist) Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
University Station, Box X
Austin, Texas 78713-8924
E-mail: tim.dooley@beg.utexas.edu Telephone: 512-471-8261 Fax: 512-471-0140
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My research has focused on the dynamics and kinematics of fault systems, using scaled analog modeling, field studies, remote sensing, seismic data, and comparison with published examples.

Initially my work focused on the 3-D geometries and kinematics of strike-slip fault systems, using innovative analog modeling techniques at the laboratories of Royal Holloway University of London and integration with field studies from the eastern Mojave Desert, USA (e.g., McClay and Dooley, 1995; Dooley and McClay, 1996, 1997; Dooley et al., 1999).

From 1994 through 2003 I helped further develop the modeling laboratories at Royal Holloway to include modeling of delta tectonics (Kalimantan, Indonesia), salt tectonics (Central North Sea), and extensional tectonics (Gulf of Suez), and I continued research on segmented strike-slip fault systems (Coso Geothermal Field, Eastern California) (e.g., McClay et al., 2000; Dooley et al., 2003). Much of this work was funded by the petroleum industry, requiring focused research on field-specific problems.

In 2003 I was given the opportunity to move to the Applied Geodynamics Laboratory, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, to head up the modeling laboratories and work on salt-related modeling with Martin Jackson and Mike Hudec. The work here at AGL will initially involve updating the modeling laboratories with new deformation rigs for use with high-resolution digital photography in order to enhance the graphic and multimedia potential of the physical models. Modeling work will continue to focus on salt-related topics, addressing complex scenarios using relatively simple modeling techniques. The primary focus will be on gravity-driven salt tectonics, including topics such as salt-sheet advance, utilizing a variety of source-layer geometries including precursor diapir systems, syn-sedimentary thrusting, and the influence of strike-slip motion on salt-body reactivation. The last topic on strike-slip influences will build on knowledge gained during numerous strike-slip experiments at Royal Holloway, as well as integration of current research work with that of the U.S. Navy Geothermal Program Office on the structural evolution of the Coso Geothermal System, Eastern California.
Research Interests
Structural geology

Strike-slip tectonics

Experimental modeling of geologic structures (strike-slip, extensional, contractional, and salt and shale tectonics)
Education
B.S., Honours Degree, 1st Class, Natural Sciences–Geology, University of Dublin, Ireland, 1988

Ph.D. Geology, University of London, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, 1994
Professional History
Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin
(December 2005–present)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin
(December 2003–November 2005).

Senior Researcher/Laboratory Manager, Analogue Modelling Laboratories, Department of Geology, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, England (1988–2003).
Selected Publications
Dooley, T. P., Jackson, M. P. A., and Hudec, M. R., 2009, Inflation and deflation of deeply buried salt stocks during lateral shortening: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 31, no. 6, p. 582–600.

Dooley, T. P., Jackson, M. P. A., and Hudec, M. R., 2007, Initiation and growth of salt-based thrustbelts on passive margins: results from physical models: Basin Research, v. 19, p. 165–177.

Dooley, T., McClay, K. R., Hempton, M., and Smit, D., 2005, Salt tectonics above complex basement extensional fault systems: results from analogue modelling, in Doré, A. G., and Vining, B. A., eds., Petroleum geology: north-west Europe and global perspectives—Proceedings of the 6th Petroleum Geology Conference: Geological Society, London, p. 1631–1648.

Dooley, Tim, McClay, K. R., and Pascoe, R., 2003, 3D analogue models of variable displacement extensional faults: applications to the Revfallet fault systems, Mid-Norway, in Nieuland, D. A., ed., New insights into structural interpretation and modelling: Geological Society of London, Special Publication 212, p. 151–167.

Dooley, Tim, and McClay, K. R., 1997, Analog modeling of pull-apart basins: AAPG Bulletin, v. 81, no. 11, p. 1804–1826.

Dooley, T., McClay, K. R., Hempton, M. & Smit, D. 2005. Salt tectonics above complex basement extensional fault systems: results from analogue modelling. In: DORE´ , A. G. & VI NI NG, B. A. (eds) Petroleum Geology: North-West Europe and Global Perspectives—Proceedings of the 6th Petroleum Geology Conference, 1631 – 1648. q Petroleum Geology Conferences Ltd. Published by the Geological Society, London.

Dooley, T., McClay, K. R., and Pascoe, R., 2003, 3D analogue models of variable displacement extensional faults: applications to the Revfallet fault systems, Mid-Norway, in Nieuland, D. A., ed., New insights into structural interpretation and modelling: Geological Society of London, Special Publication 212, p. 151–167.

McClay, K. R., Dooley, Tim, and Zamora, G., 2003, Analogue models of delta systems above mobile shales, in Van Rensbergen, P., Morley, C., Hillis, R., and Cartwright, J., eds., Geological Society of London, Special Publication 216, p. 411–428.

McClay, K. R., Dooley, Tim, Whitehouse, P., Mills, M., and Khalil, S., 2002, 4D evolution of rift systems: insights from scaled physical models: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 86, p. 935–960.

McClay, K. R., Dooley, Tim, Gloaguen, R., Whitehouse, P., and Khalil, S., 2001, Analogue modelling of extensional fault architectures: comparisons with natural rift fault systems, in Hill,
K. C., and Bernecker, T., eds., East Australian Basins Symposium: The Australian Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, p. 573–584.

McClay, K. R., Dooley, Tim, Whitehouse, P., Mills, M., and Khalil, S., 2001, 4D Evolutiion of rift systems: insights from scaled physical models: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 86, p. 935–960.
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