Benedikt is a graduate from the University of Tübingen, Germany, where he received his Vordiplom (~BSc) in Geosciences, and from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London (MSci).
Benedikt started his career at Neftex Petroleum Consultants Ltd. where he was involved in regional petroleum exploration targeting in the Eastern Former Soviet Union. He then went on to work for a number of years on Rio Tinto Exploration’s brownfields and greenfields uranium and copper exploration projects in Namibia and Zambia respectively, where he developed a best practice operating mentality. He has a strong interest in target generation and testing using an array of geophysical and geochemical techniques. In particular, Benedikt has specialist knowledge in interpreting geochemical datasets and integrating the results with other geoscientific data in order to aid exploration targeting.
Benedikt is a chartered fellow of the Geological Society of London and a member of the Society of Economic Geologists. He is fluent in English and German, has a working knowledge of French and has basic skills in Spanish, Russian and Afrikaans. In his spare time Benedikt enjoys the outdoors, swimming and holds a general interest in medieval and modern history.
James graduated from the University of Southampton in June 2008 with a First Class MSci degree in Geology, and has subsequently gained over 6 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry with Neftex Petroleum Consultants Ltd. His initial work involved regional petroleum potential evaluations within the Eastern Former Soviet Union, with a particular focus and expertise centred on frontier basins within the Arctic realm. James subsequently gained experience on regional projects in western Eurasia, the North American Arctic and south-east Asia, before joining the Consultancy team at Neftex in February 2011.
His work there involved licence block-specific petroleum evaluations within prospective basins of Papua New Guinea and the eastern Mediterranean. James developed a particular interest in interpreting a diverse suite of wireline log, organic geochemical and reservoir petrophysical data; becoming proficient at manipulating large datasets to map out the potential distributions of oil- and gas-mature source rocks, effective reservoirs and cap rocks at block scale. James also has knowledge of interpreting seismic data using SMT Kingdom software and basin modelling studies within Petrel.
In September 2014, James commenced palaeoclimate research at the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter.