Darren Jones

Darren Jones

Senior geologist
BGS Edinburgh

Darren Jones’ biography

  • 2021 – ongoing: Senior Geologist, British Geological Survey
  • 2015 – 2021: Geologist, British Geological Survey
  • 2011 – 2015: Exploration Geologist, Surestream Petroleum Ltd
  • 2010 – 2011: Application Geoscientist, Paradigm (now Emerson)
  • 2009 – 2010: MSc Petroleum Geoscience, University of Manchester
  • 2005 – 2009: MSci Earth Sciences, University of Manchester
  • 1995 – 1997: BSc Geology, University of Birmingham

Research interests

  • Geothermal exploration of medium to high enthalpy systems
  • Repurposing hydrocarbon data for evaluating geo-energy systems.
  • Conceptual modelling of geothermal systems
  • Basin evolution of Mesozoic and Palaeozoic geological systems of the UK
  • Geological Systems of the East African Rift System
  • Evolution of deepwater systems of passive margins – Transportation of deepwater clastic systems of the Equatorial and South Atlantic

Current projects and collaboration

  • Deep geothermal potential of the UK Carboniferous Limestone
  • Partnerships for Development – Provide support on BGS work under FDCO’s Partnership for Development programme, capacity building to manage natural resources in developing countries.
  • Project Manager for Isle of Man Government – Provide geoscience and policy advice to Isle of Man Government
  • LEAP-RE – European-African Research Partnership. WP4 – Geothermal Atlas 4 Africa.

ORCID: 0000-0002-5698-2280

Key papers

Pharaoh, T, Jones, D, Kearsey, T, Newell, A, Abesser, C, Randles, T, Patton, A, and Kendall, R. 2021. Early Carboniferous limestone of southern and central Britain: Characterisation and preliminary assessment of deep geothermal prospectivity. ZDGG – Journal of Applied and Regional Geology. http://doi.org/10.1127/zdgg/2021/0282

Jones, D J R, McCarthy, D J, and Dodd T J H. 2019. Tectonostratigraphy and the petroleum systems in the Northern sector of the North Falkland Basin, South Atlantic. Marine and Petroleum Geology, Vol. 103, 150–162. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2019.02.020

Commissioned reports

Jones, D J.2017. The remaining prospectivity of the Paleocene and HPHT pre-Cretaceous plays and the validation of the Edinburgh prospect, Q30, Central North Sea. British Geological Survey Commissioned Report for OGA. CR/17/079.

Jones, D J, McCormick, T, Singh, A, and Robertson, J. 2017. IT infrastructure and geo-data management assessment of the geological institutions in Freetown, Sierra Leone. British Geological Survey Commissioned Report for DFID. CR/17/051

Goodenough, K M, and Jones, D J. 2017. Capacity review of geological institutions in Freetown, Sierra Leone and proposal for future partnership working. British Geological Survey Commissioned Report for DFID. CR/17/016

Jones, D J. 2016. Petroleum Directorate in Sierra Leone: Review and suggestions for support. British Geological Survey Commissioned Report for DFID. CR/16/013

NERC Open Research Archive – Darren Jones


  • Basin Analysis
  • Seismic interpretation
  • 3D geological modelling
  • Geo-energy resource evaluation
  • ArcGIS and digital mapping
  • Science communication
  • 2019 – Chartered Geologist of the Geological Society of London
  • Committee Member of the Central Scotland Regional Group of the Geological Society of London
  • Reviewer: Journal of Marine and Petroleum Geology

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