Bachelor of Science with honors, University Aberdeen, 1977. Doctor of Philosophy, Sedimentology Research Laboratory, 1980.
Research fellow University Bergen, Norway, 1979. Geologist Geo. Laboratory, Statoil, Stavanger, Norway, 1981-1982. Senior geologist Reservoir Geology, Statoil, 1982-1990.
Advising geologist Unocal United Kingdom, London, 1990-1992. Professor University Aberdeen, United Kingdom, since 1992. Director Production Geosci.
Research Unit, Aberdeen, 1992-1994. Consultant University Aberdeen, since 1992.
Fellow Geological Society London (publications committee, consultant to oil industry).
Married Liv Christiansen, December 22, 1983. Children: Kristoffer, Elisabeth Anne.