New Professor of Exploration Geoscience Appointment

Professor John Underhill

Heriot-Watt University is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor John Underhill to the new Chair of Exploration Geoscience in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) as a Global Platform Appointment. Professor Underhill will take up the new post on 1st August 2013.

Professor Underhill moves from his previous role in the Grant Institute of Geology at The University of Edinburgh where he has held the position of Professor of Seismic and Sequence Stratigraphy since 1998.

Vastly experienced in the use of seismic interpretation, structural geology and sedimentological methods to unravel the evolution of prospective basins, Professor Underhill's role will be to build a new postgraduate research centre in Exploration Geoscience in IPE.

In response to his appointment Professor Underhill said, "I am delighted to be joining a world-class centre of geoscience and petroleum engineering activity. I am especially looking forward to the exciting opportunity and academic challenge of building Heriot-Watt's petroleum geoscience capacity. The new role will attempt to inform, educate and inspire the next generation of exploration geoscientists and promote the growth of Geology and Geophysics at Heriot Watt."

Professor John UnderhillThe Head of the Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Professor Dorrik Stow, said, "We are very pleased to welcome Professor Underhill to the Institute. His expertise in the field of seismic interpretation will be an excellent complement to our existing work in reservoir characterisation and time-lapse seismic. As a highly respected exploration geoscientist, John will strengthen our capability in research and training across the full spectrum of upstream oil and gas."

Endorsing these sentiments, the Principal of Heriot-Watt University, Professor Steve Chapman added, "Professor Underhill is well known and respected as a world-leading exploration geoscientist within the industry sector. Having him at Heriot-Watt will bring further high acclaim to our world-class Institute of Petroleum Engineering."