I completed a BSc in Geology (Hons 1st Class) at Glasgow University in 1984 and then a Masters in Computer Science at Bradford University in 1987. Thereafter, I worked on satellite rainfall prediction and hydrological modelling at Reading University for 2 years, before undertaking a PhD at the University of London (1989-1994) in Mathematical Modelling of Tectonics and Sedimentation. Two Postdoc fellowships then followed: A 2-year Royal Society European Science Exchange Fellowship at CSIC (Jaume Almera) in Barcelona, and 1-year post-doc working with John Suppe at Princeton University. I was subsequently a lecturer in the Earth Science Department at the University of Manchester for 5 years. I have been an ICREA Research Professor in the Faculty of Geology at the Universitat de Barcelona since 2003.