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AAPG has a proud history of trailblazing geologists who have brought scientific inquiry, innovative mindsets, and a desire to work with teams to find new reservoirs and bring needed energy to the people of the world. Welcome to an interview with Dr. Yongsheng Ma, President and Chief Geologist, Sinopec Co., Ltd., who talks to us today about his formative experiences and valuable lessons learned. (Please note that Dr. Ma’s family name is Ma, which usually is placed first in Chinese publications, such as in President Ma Yongsheng.)

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AAPG Event National Capital District Papua New Guinea 24 February, 2020 8:00 AM 5:00 PM 24 October, 2019
National Capital District, Papua New Guinea
24 February 2020

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Date: Monday 24 February 2020 (1 day)
Instructor: Dr Moyra Wilson, University of Western Australia


This 1 day practical core workshop will focus on the study of a range of cores through Cenozoic carbonate successions and reservoir units from the Gulf of Papua. The cores, including reservoir units from the Gulf of Papua, are also direct analogues for the prolific carbonate reservoirs of the onshore Eastern FoldBelt, PNG, and show similarities with a variety of reservoir units from the broader SE Asia region. The workshop will cover depositional, diagenetic and pore system characterisation of reefal buildups and more extensive, non-reefal carbonate platform systems. The aim is to lead participants towards an enhanced understanding of the variability in carbonate systems, their reservoir potential and influencing factors. Other topics covered will include: climatic and marine environmental change during the Cenozoic, principles of carbonate geology, carbonate platform development, carbonate diagenesis, including karstification and dolomitisation, as well as reservoir heterogeneity. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to study some amazing reservoir units from PNG’s highly varied Cenozoic carbonate systems through this practical workshop.

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The core workshop will suit anyone with a passion to learn more about the petroleum systems of PNG, reservoir development and carbonate systems and reefs through a practical ‘hands-on’ approach. Geoscientists and non-geoscientists alike, from novice to experienced personnel are welcome to join and we look forward to your active participation.

Participants are advised to wear covered shoes.

Instructor’s Profile

Moyra is a Senior Lecturer in Sedimentology at the University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth, with ~30 years’ academic/industry experience focusing on the carbonate systems of SE Asia and their reservoir potential. Moyra has a well-established international reputation and is amongst the most prolific publishers on equatorial carbonate and reefal systems, Cenozoic marine paleoenvironmental and global change, and reservoir quality development (>70 published papers, > 70 technical industry reports, 2 co-edited books, numerous conference presentations). Some of Moyra’s other broad research interests include marine biogeography hotspot development, palaeobiogeography, plate tectonics, petroleum, aquifer and geothermal systems with a citations record spanning environmental change, geology, palaeontology, ecology, biology, resources and social science fields (Citations for publications: >3000). Moyra is a recipient of various awards in recognition of her ‘research excellence in equatorial marine systems’ including the Lyell Fund from the Geological Society of London, Wiley Best ‘Sedimentology’ Paper, Curtin University Research and Teaching Fellowship, and Australian Bicentennial Award. Moyra’s research has been supported by a range of funding bodies, and is often undertaken in collaboration with a range of national and international colleagues from academia, government organisations and industry as well as through a small research team of up to 7 PhD students at any one time (>20 PhD and MPhil students supervised to completion).

Moyra is a graduate of Geological Sciences from Cambridge University (UK), holds a PhD from London University (UK) through the SE Asia Research Group, and holds qualifications in Higher Education Teaching and Learning Certificates from Durham Uni (UK). and the University of Western Australia (Australia). With over 20 years of teaching experience (London, Durham, Curtin Universities (Australia) and since 2016 the University of Western Australia) Moyra is committed to instilling in students a genuine interest in sedimentary geology and environmental change through teaching and working with students at all levels. Moyra is also regularly sought-out for outreach activities and to deliver external courses and workshops to a range of industry, government and community organisations, as well as to the general public on the basis of her expertise.

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