Dianne Tompkins

Childhood ambition:
To travel the world
My Career
Aston University, Birmingham UK (BSc.) and Imperial College London (PhD)
Companies and Institutions I’ve worked for:
  • Core Laboratories UK in London
  • Phillips Petroleum in London
  • Phillips Petroleum in South China
  • Phillips Petroleum in Odessa, Texas
  • Phillips Petroleum in Beijing, China
  • Shell Development Australia in Perth, Australia
  • Earth Science Western Australia at CSIRO in Perth
  • Woodside Energy in Perth, Australia
  • Chevron in Houston (current)
Basins I have worked:
  • North Sea (UK)
  • South China Sea (China)
  • Bohai Bay and Tarim (China)
  • Permian Basin (USA)
  • Browse Basin (Western Australia)
  • Carnarvon Basin (Western Australia)
Years of Experience in the Petroleum Industry:
My Pathway
First Well/Research Program:
Geochemical pathfinder elements for sedimentary deposits
My Geo-Specialties:
Geochemistry, Geo-education, Geo-tourism and sedimentology
My fondest career memory or proudest moment:
Co-author and chief editor of the Western Australian Earth and Environmental Science high school text book, published in 2010
My lifetime career goal:
To promote and encourage geo-education and geo-tourism in schools and in the community at large.
My Inspiration
My inspiration and motivation comes from:
Seeing young people excited and motivated by learning about Earth Science and the world around them.
My most memorable idols/mentors:
Dr. Mavis Butterworth, my university Paleontology lecturer and one of the few women in Geoscience at that time and (the late) Professor John de Laeter who was an inspiration and mentor to me by being a supporter of science education, and earth science in particular, in Western Australia.
My Impact
AAPG member since:
AAPG committees:
Society Affiliations:
SPE, Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA) and Houston Geological Society (HGS)
My Best Advice:
As a working career geologist, wife of 23 years and mother, I always tell women to do two things. The first is to always ask for help if you need it either at work or at home and the second is to always hire the best help you can afford, be it house cleaners, nannies, dog walkers etc. No woman can be all things to all people in her life without a little help along the way!

Bachelor’s from Aston University, Birmingham, UK and Doctorate from Imperial College London
Currently employed with Chevron NA E&P

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