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Having 30 years experience in organic petrology and organic geochemistry in industry and research, our team is fine-tuned to serve you.

Lorraine Eglinton // 01

Lorraine Eglinton is a senior petrologist and organic geochemist. During her 30 years in the field, Eglinton has analyzed samples from all major oil and gas basins around the world and has extensive experience working with samples dating from Palaeozoic sedimentary rocks to the present day.  Eglinton has over 25 publications to her name.  Her main goal is to provide the most accurate and detailed data to industry and research.


Following her Masters’ degree at Newcastle-upon-Tyne University in 'Organic Petrology and Organic Geochemistry' (1986), Eglinton started her working career in the UK (GeoChem, Chester) and then Norway (GeoLab Nor) as in-house Organic Petrologist, Geochemical analyst and project leader. She  moved to the USA in 1989 and worked for 15 years in Organic Geochemical research at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) before setting up her highly successful Organic Petrology consultancy business in 2006. Since then she has worked extensively for major oil companies (ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips BP and for geochemical service companies such as Intertek, Weatherford, GHGeochem, APT, Schlumberger and Core Labs. She has been  based near Zurich, Switzerland since 2010 and continues to consult with clients from around the World


Whilst at WHOI, Eglinton collaborated with several scientists and focused on petroleum organic geochemistry at the molecular and petrographic level, as it related to chemical transformation and fluid flow processes in modern and ancient sedimentary systems. She employed varied analytical approaches to answer basic research questions. These include: analytical pyrolysis, hydrous pyrolysis, biomarker analysis, isotope studies and microscope studies, Iatroscan analysis and CDS pyrobrobe development. She was the first to produce a working laser micropyrolysis system.


Eglinton was elected by her peers as Secretary/Treasurer of The Society for Organic Petrology (TSOP), a position she held between 1995 and 2000.  Committed to quality assurance Eglinton holds International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology (ICCP) certification/accreditation in vitrinite random reflectance (DOMVR). Eglinton has a B.Sc. (Honors) degree in 'Geology' and an M.Sc. degree in 'Organic Petrology and Organic Geochemistry' from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK (1986) where she studied under Dr. Mick Jones and Professor Duncan Murchison.



  • Innovation

  • critical thinking

  • technology

  • programming


Fred Whiteley // 02

Fred Whiteley is head of sample preparation and works from his Northumberland base.  He is highly skilled at producing pristine samples for analysis. Whiteley also handles shipping and receiving and coordinates laboratory practice.  Whiteley  uses both automated (Buehler Automet/Ecomet) and hand-polishing methods and produces the best quality sample surfaces.  Sample preparation is the foundation for our high quality output and accurate measurements.


Whiteley has a B.Sc degree in Physics from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and runs a small farm when not in his laboratory.



  • organized

  • efficient

  • conscientious

  • communicator

  • educator


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