I'm John, and I run technical services in the SaltWork consultancy. Writing these monthly articles comes out my ongoing interest in all matters evaporitic. I have more than 30 years of experience working in saline systems focusing on applied aspects of carbonate-evaporite interactions, and I am the compiler of the SaltWork GIS database. I have written a few books on evaporites and saline geosystems, as well as published a number of scientific papers dealing with these topics.
In my previous life as a full-time academic, I had day-to-day interaction with pettiness and time-sinks involved in dealing with overpaid and underworked educational bureaucracies in western universities. The inherent herd-think was too much of a time sink, and so I resigned from academia at a western University. Today, I prefer to work each year living and consulting, based on the coast in Adelaide, Australia and for a portion of each year I work as a part-time academic in southeast Asia, where people have a "can-do" attitude
Over the years I have worked as a consultant on various saline rock characterization problems in metal and hydrocarbon exploration and training programs conducted by, for example; INPEX, MMG, Exxon International, BHP Billiton Resources, BHP Billiton Petroleum, Homestake, Pasminco, Shell International, Chevron International, Statoil, PTTEP, ADNOC, Saudi Aramco, Nexen, NIOC, VPI and others.