John Underhill is Chief Scientist and Chair of Exploration Geoscience in the Applied Geoscience Unit, Institute of Petroleum Engineering, School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure & Society, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
His primary research interest lies in the use of geological fieldwork and geophysical methods to investigate the structure and stratigraphy of sedimentary basins.
He has been investigating and elucidating the geology of the Ionian Islands of western Greece since 1982.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He also refereed professional football matches and was on the FIFA List of International Referees.