Our alumni have gone on to rewarding and varied careers, and here we celebrate some of their achievements.
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- Mark Quigley
Mark Cameron Quigley obtained his PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2007.
Mark Cameron Quigley
Mark has been published extensively in top-tier international journals across a wide range of geologic disciplines, including palaeoseismology, structural geology, geomorphology, and Holocene climate change. Mark was awarded the 2006 David I Groves Award and the 2007 Chris Powell Medal while at Melbourne for his postgraduate research on Australian earthquakes. In 2010, Mark published a review paper entitled ‘Tectonic Geomorphology of Australia’ in the Geological Society of London that synthesized over a century of research by the scientific community into the evolution of Australia’s landscapes.
In 2009, Mark joined the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he is now a Senior Lecturer in Active Tectonics and Geomorphology. Mark was awarded the 2011 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science Communication and the 2011 New Zealand Association of Scientists Communication Award for his work on the 2010 Darfield and 2011 Christchurch earthquakes. Mark has delivered over 50 lectures internationally on these events, some of which have been attended by over 1000 people. Mark is presently writing a book on the science and experience of living through these traumatic events.
- Kerry Smith (nee Lewis)
Kerry Smith is a Senior Exploration Geologist currently working in the Australia Exploration Division at Woodside Energy, Perth WA.
Kerry Smith (nee Lewis)
Kerry Smith (nee Lewis) is a Senior Exploration Geologist currently working in the Australia Exploration Division at Woodside Energy, Perth WA. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Geology in 1995, and then completed her honours thesis in 1996 at the University of Melbourne.
From 1997 to 1998 Kerry worked with the Papua New Guinea exploration team at BP Developments in Melbourne during the Moran and Hides oil and gas discoveries. Since joining Woodside Energy in 1998 she worked with the Development Division for the North West Shelf before joining the Northern Australia team for the drilling of the Blacktip and Sandbar exploration wells.
Following this, Kerry worked for 12 months in Woodside’s sequence stratigraphic studies group before joining the North Africa exploration team from 2002 to 2006. This involved extensive travel to Europe and North Africa. Kerry has worked in the Australian Exploration Division for the past 6 years, focusing on evaluation of exploration acreage adjacent to the Pluto gas discovery, evaluation of new business opportunities in Australia, as well as regional studies of the Exmouth Plateau. She is currently involved with a regional petroleum systems (charge) study in the Dampier sub-basin in order to better understand hydrocarbon migration pathways and fluid type in the core NWS acreage.
Field trips during this time include trips to the Karoo sub basin (South Africa), New Zealand, Kalbarri and Queensland. In September 2012, Kerry traveled to the AAPG conference in Singapore followed by a 5-day field trip through Borneo.
- Margaret Hawke
Margaret Hawke is conducting PhD research at the University of Tasmania on the DeGrussa deposit.
Margaret Hawke completed her Bachelor of Science (Hons) at the University of Melbourne in 2005. After completing her degree, Margaret worked as an exploration geologist for two years at Blina Diamonds in the West Kimberley region of Western Australia before taking a position at Perth based Sandfire Resources. She worked on field programs for Sandfire’s Doolgunna (WA) and Borooloola (NT) projects.
In 2009, her efforts at Doolgunna led to the discovery of the DeGrussa Copper-Gold Volcanic Hosted Massive Sulphide deposit, a high grade 14.3Mt resource of 4.6%Cu and 1.6g/t Au. In 2010 she was awarded the AMEC (Australian Mining and Exploration Companies) 'Prospector of the Year' Award for the discovery.
Margaret is currently completing a PhD at the University of Tasmania on the geological evolution of the DeGrussa deposit and related mineralisation of the district.
- Nicole Pomroy
Nicole is a Development Geoscientist at Woodside Energy Ltd having gained experience in Korea and Canada.
Nicole Pomroy studied a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in 2004 at the University of Melbourne with a major in Earth Sciences. Despite undertaking her honours thesis in metamorphic geology, she gained employment in the petroleum industry through a position on the graduate program at Woodside Energy Ltd in 2005.
Nicole’s first year on the graduate program saw her tackle petroleum exploration in North Africa. She then rotated into the specialist petroleum systems group, working with petroleum geochemistry and basin modeling. After her second year Nicole was accelerated off the graduate program to become the specialist basin modeler for Woodside having been dubbed a 'super user' by two of the worlds leading software providers.
She continued in the specialist role for over six years, conducting the company’s first high-resolution 3D migration and mixing studies, teaching petroleum systems at the Korean National Oil Company and participating in a cross-posting to Canada to aid software development and advanced migration research.
In 2012, Nicole made the transition into a Development Geoscientist position in order to broaden her skills and continue her career advancement. She is continuing to seek out new and challenging projects within Woodside.
- Gillian Hamson
Gillian Hamson obtained her honours degree then joined the Woodside Engergy Graduate Program.
Gillian Hamson studied for her BA (History)/BSs (Geology) double degree at the University of Melbourne in 1999-2003. Her honours thesis (2004) involved fieldwork in Timor Leste in order to investigate the tectonic evolution of the island.
Upon graduation, Gillian moved to Perth to join the Woodside Energy Graduate Program in 2005. Over the next three years, she rotated through four teams, working on international exploration and Australian development projects. While on the graduate program she traveled to the Hague for training with Shell, and went on geology field trips to Queensland, the Spanish Pyrenees and the Karoo Basin in South Africa.
After completing the graduate program at Woodside, Gill moved into the Browse LNG Development Team, working on the world class gas fields Calliance and Brecknock. Following this, Gillian transferred to the Enfield Oil Team, working with 4D seismic as well as planning and drilling horizontal production wells. A highlight was working offshore geosteering such wells, ensuring the wells were accurately drilled in the right place. Gill presented her work on Enfield at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention and Exhibition in Long Beach, California in 2012.