John Howell

Co-Principal Investigator



University of Aberdeen

School of Geosciences

Meston Building

Old Aberdeen

AB24 3UE

+44 (0)1224 272606



John Howell has a degree from the University of Wales (1988), a Phd from the University of Birmingham on the sedimentology of Rotliegend reservoirs of the SNS (1992). Ten years in Liverpool University as post doc and lecturer working on a variety industry funded sequence stratigraphy and reservoir modelling projects. Ten years in Norway including the University of Bergen and Rocksource ASA, an independent Norwegian E&P Company. Academic career summary, 120 published papers, 5 books, 60 research students and over £6 million in funding mainly from industry. In the 1990’s he was at the forefront of sequence stratigraphy, then in the noughties switched to reservoir modelling of outcrops. Over the past 10 years he has pioneered the subject of Virtual Outcrop Geology. John currently runs the Safari project, a 14 company Industry/Academia JIP  which has developed a web-based database for reservoir analogues. In 2005 he was one of the founders of Rocksource ASA a Norwegian E&P Company (now Pure AS).  He was part of the senior management team that secured £100 million in funding and then was the production manager when Rocksource took two onshore US fields and increased production from 60 to 2500 bpd. When the US assets were sold he became the Chief Geologist and was responsible for the development and subsequent implementation of the exploration work processes. John has significant experience in play and prospect mapping and risk and volumes estimation.  When he left in 2011 the company employed 60 people and had acreage in Norway, UK, West Africa and GoM.