- B.Sc. Earth Sciences
- University of Reading, UK, 1979
- Ph.D. Earth Sciences
- University of Reading, UK, 1983
"Studying geology has given me the opportunity to travel the world, meet interesting people and experience new cultures."
I grew up in Greater London and Hampshire, in southern England. Before going to university in Reading, a town on the River Thames, west of London, I spent a year working at IBM's research laboratory in Hursley, England.
My undergraduate studies involved two summers working in Arctic Norway on glaciers and meltwater streams, juxtaposed with climbing holidays in the French Alps. My postgraduate studies involved summer field seasons on the Arctic Islands of Banks Island, Canada and Spitsbergen, north of Norway. I recovered from these trips by climbing in Yosemite, California and surfing on the Atlantic coast of France.
I received my Ph.D. from Reading University for a study comparing modern Arctic rivers with river sediments that were deposited in southern England during the Ice Age. After receiving my Ph.D., I taught sedimentology in the Geology Department of the University of Nottingham for two years before spending the summer of 1984 in North Greenland working for the Greenland Geological Survey. After my summer in Greenland, I joined the Production Geological Research Department of Shell International in the Netherlands, where I worked for five years helping develop Shell's 3D reservoir modeling system.
My wife Christine is from France. We met and got married whilst living in the Netherlands, where our first son Jonathan was born. We soon moved to New Zealand where I worked for Shell New Zealand as a Senior Production Geologist for four years. I worked in New Plymouth, a small town at the foot of a volcano on the west coast of the North Island. Our daughter, Bérénice was born in New Zealand.
In 1993, I joined Schlumberger-Doll Research in Connecticut, USA as a Senior Research Scientist. I have been project leader for a major reservoir study in Venezuela and presently lead a team developing new methods to model and monitor oil and gas reservoirs.