Dale graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) with a first class Honours in Mathematics in 2006. After his honours, Dale spent some time working in the finance industry. In 2012, he completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of New South Wales on the topic of Stochastic Partial Differential Equations (SPDE). On completion of his PhD, Dale joined ANU jointly appointed in RSFAS and the Mathematical Sciences Institute (MSI). At the start of 2014, Dale left the MSI (Mathematics) and moved full-time to CBE/RSFAS (Statistics).
Notwithstanding a research load of only 40%, Dale has published extensively since 2012 with nearly 20 of his papers in A*/A top-tiered journals. He has also secured more than $2,900,000 in research funding through numerous competitive grants and external funded projects mostly as sole chief investigator.