Professor Donny Hutton is a native of County Down and is a professional geologist and semi-retired academic. His first and research degrees were from the Queen’s University, Belfast and he subsequently taught and carried out research at Trinity College Dublin, Durham University and the University of Birmingham where he was awarded a chair in 1997.

In more recent years he has taught at Imperial College, London and Bristol University; in the latter department he was also part of a major research group investigating earth structure, tectonics and copper genesis in the Chilean Andes.

As an international earth scientist he has seen geology and worked on geology in all of the continents and he has published more than 120 peer-reviewed scientific papers. As a lecturer and field leader of more than 30 years experience he has, over the years, helped thousands of undergraduates through their degree courses.

He is a highly effective communicator of the geological sciences with a reputation for clear, simple explanations of the complex ideas involved in both the theory and the more practical (field) aspects of the subject. Perhaps most importantly he is a genuine and enthusiastic person.