James Howard received his B.Sc. (Hons) from Liverpool University in 2000 and Ph.D. from the University of Leicester in 2004. His Ph.D. focussed on the structural and stratigraphic evolution of intraplate, intracontinental transpressional basins in the Altai region of western Mongolia.
He joined CASP in 2004 and has subsequently carried out fieldwork on the island of Novaya Zemlya in the Russian Arctic, the Kufra and Murzuq basins of southern Libya and in east Siberia. His main research interests are using structural geology and sedimentology to understand the evolution of sedimentary basins. This has involved constructing paleogeographic maps and structural transects, provenance studies, geochemical analysis of source and reservoir units and regional literature reviews. He was project leader for the Paleozoic Margin of Baltica Project and the Evolution of Siberia Project and is currently leading the Paleozoic of Arabia Project.
- Thusu, B., Rasul, S., Paris, F., Meinhold, G., Howard, J.P., Abutarruma, Y. and Whitham, A.G. (2013). "Latest Ordovician-earliest Silurian acritarchs and chitinozoans from subsurface samples in Jebel Asba, Kufra Basin, SE Libya". Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 197: p90-118
- Meinhold, G., Morton, A.C., Fanning, C.M., Howard, J.P., Phillips, R.J., Strogen, D. and Whitham, A.G. (2013). "Insights into crust formation and recycling in North Africa from combined U–Pb, Lu–Hf and O isotope data of detrital zircons from Devonian sandstone of southern Libya". Geological Society, London, Special Publications 386: doi: 10.1144/SP386.1
- Meinhold, G., Whitham, A.G., Howard, J.P., Stewart, J.C., Abutarruma, Y. and Thusu, B. (2013). "Hydrocarbon source rock potential of latest Ordovician - earliest Silurian Tanezzuft Formation shales from the eastern Kufra Basin, SE Libya". Journal of Petroleum Geology 36 (2): p105-116