About us

Douglas Paton, PhD – Director of TectoKnow

Douglas leads the TectonKnow team and provides over 20 years of experience of applied structural geology and tectonics.

His PhD was on the role of basement structures on continental breakup and fault evolution in Southern Gondwana at the University of Edinburgh followed by a PDRA sediment-structure interaction concepts to reservoir distribution offshore Norway.

He then moved to GFZ Potsdam where he worked with Brian Horsfield and Rolando di Primio on  Petroleum system modelling in the Orange Basin,  After the GFZ he worked with Chevron’s Deepwater Clastics team at CORE, Colorado School of Mines modelling and understanding structural controls on deep water clastics. At the University of Leeds he was Chair in Structural Geology and Basin Analysis and led a multi-million $ industry research group.

As of 2020 established TectonKnow to provide research led insights with a specific focus on industry exploration projects.

The TectonKnow team works closely on a number of project with Dr Paul Markwick and Knowing Earth.

Paul Markwick, PhD –  CEO of Knowing Earth Limited

Paul undertook his PhD in Chicago in the Paleogeographic Atlas Project.

He then was undertook a PDRA University of Reading Exploration significance of the paleoclimatic and drainage evolution of southern Africa

His career consists of over 30 years industry experience including CGG Robertson Research International Limited, and Getech, including designing and leading the development of GLOBE.

Mehdi Yaghoobpour, Business Development Manager and Geoscientist

Mehdi undertook his Master degree in Economic Geology followed by a Master’s in Structural Geology with Geophysics at Leeds University focusing on Fractured Reservoir Modelling.

Mehdi is an accomplished business development specialist and has a successful track record in B2B sales and negotiation.  He has been helping businesses to grow for the past fifteen years. He enjoys establishing and developing relationships with customers and other partners.

Tectonknow is Private Limited Company, registered at Company House (Company Number – 13059513)