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Gordon Forbes gained a BSc (Honours) in Geology from Aberdeen University in 1979 and went on to complete both MSc and PhD degrees in Palynology at Sheffield University, UK. He worked as a Palynologist with Paleoservices UK from 1983 to 1993, specialising in Mesozoic sequences worldwide, but with a particular emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa. During a secondment in 1986–88 Gordon set up and managed the first independent palynological laboratory in Cairo, for Paleoservices Egypt. After a short spell with Halliburton he formed Datum Stratigraphic Consultancy in 1994, operating as an independent consultant. In 1997 Gordon joined the Shell Group as a Stratigrapher for Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij BV in The Netherlands before moving to PDO in 2003 to head up the Exploration Stratigraphy Department. His current interests include the impact of biostratigraphy in both the Exploration and Production realms and the use of new and varied non-biostratigraphical techniques.

Huub Jansen has an MSc in Sedimentary Stratigraphy from the Free University of Amsterdam. He has worked in all aspects of stratigraphy, from his first job as a Micropaleontologist with BP to the broad geological Consultant of present day. He joined the Centre for International Geohistory Analysis Services (CIGARS) in 1986 and moved to InterGeos in 1989 where he was one of the Technical Managers. Huub started an independent consultancy (J&G) in 1994, providing stratigraphic services mainly for petroleum companies active in the North Sea. Since 2005 he has been working for PDO’s Exploration Department on the lithostratigraphy of Oman. His main interest is the integration of the many aspects of stratigraphy.

Jan Schreurs is Head of Geological Services, Exploration Department in Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). He received an MSc in Geology in 1983 from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, and spent a year as a Research Assistant at the Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands. Jan was awarded a PhD in Geology by the Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1985 and joined Shell Research the same year as Research Geophysicist. In 1989, he moved to Shell Expro in London as an Exploration Geologist with the Hydrocarbon Systems Review Group and subsequently with Regional Basin Evaluation. In 1995, Jan joined Brunei Shell Petroleum as Senior Explorationist Offshore East until 1998 when he became Exploration Team Leader Western Desert with Shell Egypt. Jan was transferred to PDO in 2001, where he has held different poisitions in exploration.

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