Expert Guides

Our tour guides are experts drawn from the fields of geology, science communication and history. Many are practising geologists and academics with extensive experience of research and education.

Mark Rowan


Mark Rowan resides in Boulder, Colorado, where he manages his own consultancy, Rowan Consulting, Inc. Mark has been a Distinguished Lecturer and International Distinguished Instructor for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and is most in his element when discussing technical and cultural topics with participants on tours. As he says, “I love to tell stories.”

Mark is a structural geologist with a world-wide reputation for expertise in salt tectonics, having been at the forefront of developing new ideas and revising old theories and applying them in salt basins around the world.

Mark is a recipient of the Doris M. Curtis Medal from the Gulf Coast Section of the Society for Sedimentary Geology and the Robert R. Berg Outstanding Research Award from the AAPG.

His interests include rock climbing, surfing and travel.


Tours from Mark Rowan:

The Collision of Tectonics and Culture: The Influence of Salt on Landscapes, History and People in the Catalan Pyrenees