Ken McClay, Professor of Structural Geology, graduated with a BSc Honours degree in Economic Geology from Adelaide University, has an MSc in Structural Geology and Rock Mechanics, a PhD in Structural Geology from at Imperial College, University of London and a DSc from Adelaide University. He is an emeritus professor in the Department of earth Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London and an Adjunct Professor in the Australian School of Petroleum at Adelaide University
From 1991 until December 2018 he was Professor of Structural Geology and Director of the Fault Dynamics Research Group at Royal Holloway University of London. He has supervised over 50 PhD theses and over 130 MSc theses and has carried out wide-ranging research on all aspects of applied structural geology. This has included field research in NW Scotland, the Spanish Pyrenees, Indonesia, Yemen, Iran, Australia, Canada, USA, Chile, Argentina, Greenland, Norway, Turkey, Ethiopia and Gulf of Suez and Red Sea Egypt with research interests that include extensional, strike-slip, thrust and inversion terranes. He ran a large experimental analogue modelling laboratory for the simulation of fault structures and sedimentary architectures at Royal Holloway. He has written a book for mapping structures in the field, edited five major volumes on thrust tectonics, and has published widely on structural geology and tectonics. He is a consultant for the international petroleum industry and has given many short courses for the industry. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, Chartered Engineer, and Fellow of the Geological Society of London. He was the 1994 – 1995 Bennison (USA) and the 1999 Roy M. Huffington (International) Distinguished Lecturer of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
Ken focuses on field analogues for geological structures, on analogue modelling of faults and fold systems and on seismic interpretation of sub-surface structures. Current major research projects include tectonic evolution of the Northern Chilean Andes, fold and thrust belts in accretionary terranes, tectonic evolution of deepwater fold belts as well as extensional tectonics and structural evolution of the NW Shelf of Australia.