Imperial College London

Emeritus ProfessorHowardJohnson

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Emeritus Professor of Reservoir 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



Nugraha HD, Jackson CA-L, Johnson HD, et al., 2022, Extreme erosion by submarine slides, Geology, Vol:50, ISSN:0091-7613, Pages:1130-1134

Collins DS, Avdis A, Wells MR, et al., 2021, Prediction of shoreline–shelf depositional process regime guided by palaeotidal modelling, Earth-science Reviews, Vol:223, ISSN:0012-8252

Steventon MJ, Jackson CA-L, Johnson HD, et al., 2021, Evolution of a sand-rich submarine channel-lobe system, and the impact of mass-transport and transitional-flow deposits on reservoir heterogeneity: Magnus Field, Northern North Sea, Petroleum Geoscience, Vol:27, ISSN:1354-0793

Wu N, Jackson CA-L, Johnson HD, et al., 2021, Lithological, petrophysical, and seal properties of mass-transport complexes, northern Gulf of Mexico, Aapg Bulletin, Vol:105, ISSN:0149-1423, Pages:1461-1489

Wu N, Jackson CA-L, Johnson HD, et al., 2021, The formation and implications of giant blocks and fluid escape structures in submarine lateral spreads, Basin Research, Vol:33, ISSN:0950-091X, Pages:1711-1730

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