Who writes this salty stuff?

John Warren

More than 30 years working in saline systems


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.

After two decades that encompassed the first part of my career, I chose not to be a fulltime academic. Over the last few decades, as well as working with industry, I have held several part-time academic appointments in the developing world. My latest and longest is my appointment as a part-time professor in the Petroleum Geoscience Graduate School at Chulalongkorn Univerity in Bangkok.

Today, I still enjoy graduate teaching and the research at Chula in Bangkok, but part-time as an academic means I can consult and still enjoy life on the coast in my home in Adelaide. 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 as a part-time academic in southeast Asia, where people have a "can-do" attitude, and I can spend the other six months of each year living and consulting, based on the coast in Adelaide, Australia.

Over the years I have worked as a consultant on saline rock characterization problems in metal and hydrocarbon exploration and training programs conducted by, for example; MMG, Exxon International, BHP Billiton Resources, BHP Billiton Petroleum, Homestake, Pasminco, Shell International, Chevron International, Statoil, PTTEP, ADNOC, Saudi Aramco, Nexen, NIOC and others.

Have a look at my resume if you want to know more.

“But the plans were on display…”
“On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”
“That’s the display department.”
“With a flashlight.”
“Ah, well, the lights had probably gone.”
“So had the stairs.”
“But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?”
“Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying “Beware of the Leopard.” 
Arthur Dent, on the public display of plans for the destruction of the Earth, in Douglas Adam's “Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy"