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Prof. Jon Gluyas

Jon Gluyas is a geoscientist with both industrial and academic experience. Following a degree at Sheffield University and PhD at Liverpool, Jon joined the petroleum industry, starting work with BP in Aberdeen. For the next 15 years he worked exploration and production around the world including postings in China, Norway and Venezuela. Jon then joined mid-cap company Monument and subsequently Lasmo ahead of founding Acorn Oil & Gas in 2001. Acorn became the first company to successfully redevelop an abandoned North Sea Field. Acorn was sold in 2005, Jon co-founding Fairfield Energy and helping raise around $300 million of equity and $1.2 billion of debt.

Jon moved to academia in 2009 taking the first ever chair in geoenergy, carbon capture and storage at Durham University. He was Head of Earth sciences from 2011 until 2014 before becoming Dean of Knowledge Exchange and in 2017 became Director of Durham Energy Institute.

Jon’s research interests are varied. He has in the past few years worked on a novel monitoring method for stored carbon dioxide using naturally occurring sub-atomic muons with particle physicists and NASA scientists; developed an exploration strategy for helium with co-worker at Oxford University and tested it successfully in Tanzania and is currently working on improving energy security in the UK and decarbonizing the nation’s heating bill.

Jon has served as President of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain and the Earth Science Teachers Association. He has also served as board chairman for the British Geological Survey.