Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Professor in Petroleum Geology



+44 (0)20 7594 6450h.d.johnson




1.34Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





I am the Shell Professor of Petroleum Geology, a position that I have held since 1993 (from 1993-2002 this was the Enterprise Oil Chair). I am also Head of the Petroleum Geoscience & Engineering Section and Director of the M.Sc. Petroleum Geoscience course. My current research interests are in clastic depositional systems and their application to the description and modelling of hydrocarbon-bearing reservoirs. I have been involved in various aspects of petroleum industry, initially during 15 years with Shell, including research, exploration and production geology and petroleum engineering. I deliver a range of geoscience courses, including Development Geology, Applied Sedimentology and Reservoir Characterisation and Modelling. I am a co-author of the textbooks Sedimentary Environments and Facies (Ed. by H.G. Reading) and Petroleum Geology of the North Sea: Basic Concepts and Recent Advances (Ed. by K.W. Glennie). I received a BSc in Geology from the University of Liverpool and went on to receive a DPhil in Sedimentology from the University of Oxford.

Recent Measures of Esteem

  • 1993-2011 Chair of Petroleum Geology (Enterprise 1993-2002; Shell 2002-2011)
  • 2007 Organising committee SPE Europec
  • 2002-4 Geology Custodian (Chief Geologist) for PETRONAS, Malaysia
  • 2001-3 PI on industrially-funded FORCE consortium with over £1 million funding



Wu N, Jackson CA-L, Johnson HD, et al., 2020, Mass-transport complexes (MTCs) document subsidence patterns in a northern Gulf of Mexico salt minibasin, Basin Research, ISSN:0950-091X

Collins DS, Johnson HD, Baldwin CT, 2020, Architecture and preservation in the fluvial to marine transition zone of a mixed‐process humid‐tropical delta: Middle Miocene Lambir Formation, Baram Delta Province, north‐west Borneo, Sedimentology, Vol:67, ISSN:0037-0746, Pages:1-46

Levell BK, Johnson HD, Collins DS, et al., 2020, Deposition and preservation of fluvio-tidal shallow-marine sandstones: A re-evaluation of the Neoproterozoic Jura Quartzite (western Scotland), Sedimentology, Vol:67, ISSN:0037-0746, Pages:173-206

Nugraha H, Jackson C, Johnson H, et al., 2019, Tectonic and oceanographic process interactions archived in the Late Cretaceous to Present deep-marine stratigraphy on the Exmouth Plateau, offshore NW Australia, Basin Research, Vol:31, ISSN:0950-091X, Pages:405-430

Steventon M, Jackson C, Hodgson D, et al., 2019, Strain analysis of a seismically-imaged mass-transport complex (MTC), offshore Uruguay, Basin Research, Vol:31, ISSN:0950-091X, Pages:600-620

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