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Durham University

Centre for Resources and Earth Energy Systems (CeREES)

Ian Sharp

Ian Sharp is Chief Research Geologist with Statoil based in Bergen, Norway. He gained his BSc at the University of Hull (1988) and PhD at the University of Edinburgh (1994).

Ian has worked in industry for the last 12 years (Norsk Hydro1998-2007, Statoil 2007-2010), primarily in the field of applied industrial research and technology development/implementation. He has worked on exploration and production projects globally, but with a focus on carbonate reservoir systems of the Middle East and clastic reservoirs of NW Europe. Prior to joining Norsk Hydro Ian worked as an industry sponsored post doctoral research associate at the Universities of Manchester and Edinburgh (1994-1998), and as a mapping geologist with the British Geological Survey (1988-1989).

Ian is an EAGE distinguished lecturer, has published over 30 scientific articles and presented numerous papers at international conferences. He is an active member of AAPG, GSL, SEPM, PESGB, NPF and is an IUGS reviewer for UNESCO's program for the conservation of globally outstanding geological heritage. He is also currently serving on the Geological Society of London Petroleum Group committee.

In his current role as Chief Research Geologist Ian is the primary corporate research advisor for exploration, production, renewable, CCS and "new idea" geoscience, responsible for securing professional research quality, industry-academia liaison and for maintaining Statoil's R+D competence profile. His active fields of research are presently syn-rift play development, Cretaceous carbonate systems of the Middle East, structurally controlled diagenesis and carbonate-evaporite facies development in rift basins. In addition, Ian teaches a regular in-house course on structural style and stratigraphic fill in extensional basins.