Professor Tim Reston

Professor Tim Reston

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Professor of Geology
Head of Geosystem Research Group

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Tim Reston is a geologist and a geophysicist with interests in the use of geophysics to study geological problems, especially tectonics. He specialises in the seismic imaging and tectonics of rifted continental margins and of slow-spreading mid-ocean ridges, with particular emphasis on detachment tectonics and the effects of mantle serpentinization.


BA Cambridge in Geology (1983)

MSc Oxford in Geophysics (1984)

PhD London in Geophysics (1988)

Other activities

Administrative Responsibilities

Natural Sciences Tutor


Recent publications


Lymer, G, Cresswell, D, Reston, T, Bull, JM, Sawyer, DS, Morgan, JK, Stevenson, C, Causer, A, Minshull, T & Shillington, DJ 2019, '3D development of detachment faulting during continental breakup', Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 515, pp. 90-99.

Reston, T 2018, 'Flipping detachments: the kinematics of ultraslow spreading ridges', Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 503, pp. 144-157.

Chen, C, Watremez, L, Prada, M, Minshull, T, Edwards, R, O'Reilly, B, Reston, T, Wagner, G, Gaw, V, Klaeschen, D & Shannon, P 2018, 'From continental hyperextension to seafloor spreading: new insights on the Porcupine Basin from wide-angle seismic ', Journal of Geophysical Research.

Schuba, CN, Gray, GG, Morgan, JK, Sawyer, DS, Shillington, DJ, Reston, T, Bull, JM & Jordan, BE 2018, 'A low-angle detachment fault revealed: three-dimensional images of the S-reflector fault zone along the Galicia passive margin', Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 492, pp. 232-38. 10.1016/j.eps1.2018.04.012

Reston, T 2018, 'Resolving the fine-scale velocity structure of continental hyperextension at the Deep Galicia Margin using full-waveform inversion: Fine-scale velocity structure at Deep Galicia Margin', Geophysical Journal International, vol. 212, no. 1, pp. 244-263.

Prada, M, Watremez, L, Chen, C, O'Reilly, B, Minshull, T, Reston, T, Shannon, P, Klaeschen, D, Wagner, G & Gaw, V 2017, 'Crustal strain-dependent serpentinisation in the Porcupine Basin, offshore Ireland', Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 474, pp. 148-159.

Parnell-Turner, R, Sohn, R, Peirce, C, Reston, T, MacLeod, C, Searle, R & Simao, N 2017, 'Oceanic detachment faults generate compression in extension', Geology, no. 10.

Davy, R, Minshull, TA, Bayracki, G, Bull, J, Klaeschen, D, Papenberg, C, Reston, T, Sawyer, D & Zelt, C 2016, 'Continental hyperextension, mantle exhumation, and thin oceanic crust at the continent-ocean transition, West Iberia: New insights from wide-angle seismic: CONTINENT-OCEAN TRANSITION AT THE DEEP GALICIA MARGIN', Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth.

Bayracki, G, Minshull, T, Sawyer, D, Reston, T, Klaeschen, D, Papenberg, C, Ranero, C, Bull, J, Davy, R, Shillington, D, Perez Gussinye, M & Morgan, J 2016, 'Fault-controlled hydration of the upper mantle during continental rifting', Nature Geoscience, vol. 9, pp. 384-388.

Bialas, J, Dannowski, A & Reston, T 2015, 'Interplay between magmatic accretion, spreading asymmetry and detachment faulting at a segment end: Crustal structure south of the Ascension Fracture Zone', Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 432, pp. 84-94.

McDermott, K & Reston, T 2015, 'To see, or not to see? Rifted margin extension', Geology, vol. 43, no. 11, pp. 967-970.

Reston, T & Mcdermott, K 2014, 'An assessment of the cause of the 'extension discrepancy' with reference to the west Galicia margin', Basin Research, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 135-153.

Grevemeyer, I, Reston, TJ & Moeller, S 2013, 'Microseismicity of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at 7°S-8°15′S and at the Logatchev Massif oceanic core complex at 14°40′N- 14°50′N', Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, vol. 14, no. 9, pp. 3532-3554.

Jibrin, BW, Reston, T & Westbrook, GK 2013, 'Application of volumetric seismic discontinuity attribute for fault detection: Case study using deep-water Niger Delta 3D seismic data', Leading Edge, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 424-428.

Conference contribution

Watremez, L, Prada, M, Minshull, T, O'Reilly, B, Chen, C, Reston, T, Shannon, P, Wagner, G, Gaw, V, Klaeschen, D, Edwards, R & Lebedev, S 2018, Deep structure of the Porcupine Basin from wide-angle seismic data. in M Bowman & B Levell (eds), Petroleum Geology of NW Europe : 50 Years of Learning - Proceedings of the 8th Petroleum Geology Conference. Petroleum Geology Conference Proceedings, no. 1, vol. 8, Geological Society of London, London, pp. 199-209, 8th Petroleum Geology Conference
, London, United Kingdom, 28/09/15.

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