B.Sc. from Edinburgh University in Geology
Ph.D. from Glasgow University in Geology
Al has worked for BP as a Petroleum Geologist/Exploration Manager for over 30 years. His career in petroleum exploration, has taken him to most corners of the world including N. America, Europe, Africa, Middle East and the Far East. Following the BP Amoco merger, he led the team which made the significant Plutonio discovery in Block 18, deepwater Angola.
Currently Al holds the EGI Chair in Petroleum Geoscience at Imperial College London (since June 2010). His main research intrests are the evolution and fill of rift basins, play fairway analysis, exploration and production in the Arctic. He is the author of many papers on the petroleum geology of extensional basins most notably on the North Sea Jurassic and northern England Carboniferous.
He launched a major research initiative to understand source rock distribution and petroleum potential of the Arctic region: The three-year collaborative project, Regional Source Rock Prediction & Hydrocarbon Potential of Arctic Basins.