David R. Dalton was born in St. John's (but is from Lake View), Newfoundland, Canada on February 17, 1964. He received the B.Sc. (Hon.) degree in Earth Sciences (Geophysics) in 1985 from Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. His B.Sc. thesis re-examined electromagnetic core-mantle coupling. During the summers of 1983 and 1985 he also worked in Memorial University field programs for collecting and processing gravity, magnetic and seismic data. He received the M.Sc. degree in 1988 from the University of British Columbia. His M.Sc. research examined exact and approximate solutions for acoustic diffraction by an edge. He has done research in the Ph.D. degree program at the University of British Columbia in the area of Integral Equation and hybrid techniques for acoustic scattering problems, but abandoned this in the fall of 1995. He has also done research in the Ph.D. degree program at Memorial University in the area of application of Fourier Integral Operators to seismic wavefield modelling, but abandoned this in late summer, 2004.
His geophysical corporate experience consists of one summer (1984) working with Chevron Canada in Calgary, doing seismic modeling, interpretation and some field work.
His music industry experience consists of four years as part-time audio engineer and booker/promoter/publicist/host for Friday night gigs at the UBC grad centre. This is related somewhat to the acoustical physics and digital signal processing research and education since audio engineering involves acoustical physics and digital signal processing, and so does geophysics.
Mr. Dalton has been a student member of each of the Canadian Applied Mathematics Society (CAMS), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Geophysical Union (AGU) the Canadian Geophysical Union (CGU), the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG), the Geological Association of Canada (GAC), and the TeX Users Group (TUG).