John Kaldi

Dr John Kaldi

Chief Scientist CO2CRC - Chair of Geosequest

Australian School of Petroleum

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


John Kaldi is a Professor of Petroleum Geology and Engineering at the Australian School of Petroleum, University of Adelaide. He is also the Chief Scientist for the CO2CRC. John’s career includes being the
inaugural Head of the Australian School of Petroleum (ASP) and earlier, Director of the National Centre for Petroleum Geology and Geophysics (NCPGG) at University of Adelaide. Prior to academia, John spent 18 years in the Petroleum Industry in both technical and managerial roles with Shell, Arco and Vico. He has received Distinguished Service, Honorary member and Special Commendation awards from AAPG and recently completed his term as AAPG’s International Vice-President. He is currently a candidate for President-elect. John has been an AAPG, PESA, IPA and SPE Distinguished Lecturer. He is an accomplished short course instructor, providing training to industry, government and professional societies on Development Geology, Reservoir and Seal Evaluation, Capillary Pressure Principles and Carbon Capture & Storage,. He has been the author and presenter of over 150 journal articles and technical conference papers.

Honours and Awards:

  • 2016 – Distinguished Member Award, AAPG House of Delegates
  • 2015 – Award of Excellence (for serving as Vice-President, Regions)
  • 2012 – Best Paper Award, DEG; AAPG 2012 Annual Conference;
  • 2009 – Honorary Member Award
  • 2009 – 2010: Distinguished Lecturer (European Region)
  • 2009 – AAPG Division of Environmental Geology Outreach Award
  • 2008 – Certificate of Merit (for being Chair, International Regions Cmtee)
  • 2006 – Certificate of Merit (for being Technical Program Chair, Perth ICE)
  • 2005 – Distinguished Service Award (II)
  • 2005 – Certificate of Merit (for being President, Asia Pacific Region)
  • 2004 – Certificate of Appreciation (for being Distinguished Lecturer)
  • 2003 – Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia Distinguished Lecturer
  • 2002 – 2003: Distinguished Lecturer (Asia Pacific Region)
  • 2000 – Certificate of Merit (Initiating, Bali 2000 ICE)
  • 1997 - Special Commendation Award / Distinguished Service Award (I)
  • 1995 –1996: Special Lecturer for Asia Pacific Region

Professional Activities (AAPG)

  • 2016-2019: AAPG Hidden Potential in Mature Basins: Play Analogs and Best Practice Committee
  • 2015 - 2016 AAPG Imperial Barrel Award Faculty Advisor, Adelaide Uni
  • 2015 - 2018 DEG - Advisory Board
  • 2015 - 2018 DPA - Council MembersAsia Pacific Region
  • 2014 - 2015 ICE Organizing Committee (Tech Prog Advisor)
  • 2014 - 2016 Ad Hoc Committee on Governance
  • 2013 - 2015 HoD Committee EC Liason
  • 2013 - 2015 Executive Committee (Regions Vice President)
  • 2013 - 2015 Distinguished Lecture Committee EC Liaison
  • 2013 - 2015 Regions Committee EC Liaison
  • 2013 - 2015 Ethics Committee EC Liaison
  • 2013 - 2015 Audit Review Committee
  • 2013 - 2015 Global Events Oversight (GEvO)EC Liaison
  • 2009 -2010 Distinguished Lecturer European Region
  • 2009 - 2011 HoD Committee Honors & Awards
  • 2008 - 2011 Chair, Visiting Geologist Committee
  • 2007 - 2010 100 Anniversary Ad Hoc Committee
  • 2007 - 2016 Education Committee
  • 2004 - 2006 Co-chair Tech Program for Perth 2006 ICE
  • 2005 - 2008 Chair, International Regions Committee
  • 2005 - 2008 Vice ChairVisiting Geoscientist Program
  • 2005 - 2007 HoD Resolutions Committee
  • 2006 - 2007 Vice Chair (Intl) HoD Resolutions Committee
  • 2005 - 2009 HoD Nomination & Election Committee
  • 2004 - 2005 HoD ResolutionsCommittee
  • 2004 - 2005 Visiting Geoscientist Program Committee
  • 2003 - 2004 HoD Nomination & Election Committee
  • 2002 - 2002 Convener, Hedberg Conference - Evaluating Hydrocarbon Sealing Potential of Faults & Caprocks
  • 2002 -2003 Distinguished Lecturer Asia Pacific Region
  • 2002 - 2005 Advisory Council, Asia Pacific Region
  • 2002 - 2005 Asia/Pac Region President
  • 2002 - 2002 Vice President, PESA
  • 2001 - 2005 International Regions Committee
  • 2000 - 2001 HoD Committee Future of Earth Sciences
  • 1999 - 2002 Asia/Pac Region Officer Secretary
  • 1998 - 2000 Tech Committee Chair / Prog Coord for Bali 2000 ICE
  • 1999 - 2017 HoD Committee Delegate Asia Pacific Region
  • 1995 - 1996 Special Lecturer: Asia Pacific Region
  • 1992 - 1993 Convener, 1993 Hedberg Conference - Seals and Traps
  • 1992 - 1998 International Regions Committee
  • 1990 - 1993 Reservoir Development Committee
  • 1984 - 1987 Research Committee
  • 1983 - 1986 Grants in Aid Committee
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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2003 Professor University of Adelaide
    1998 - 2003 Professor University of Adelaide
    1997 - 1998 Chief Geologist VICO, Indonesia
    1995 - 1997 Chief Development Geologist ARCO Bali North
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  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2013 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Analytical Techniques for Evaluating Seal Capacity for Carbon Dioxide Storage in Selected Australian Basins Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Michael Edward Gray
    2003 - 2005 Principal Supervisor SEAL EVALUATION OF A FLUVIAL-LACUSTRINE RIFT TO POST-RIFT SUCCESSION, THE EARLY CRETACEOUS EUMERALLA FORMATION, OTWAY BASIN, AUSTRALIA Master of Science in Petroleum Geology and Geophysics Master Full Time Ms Lotte Svendsen
    2003 - 2006 Principal Supervisor Calibrating NMR Response to Capillary Pressure Curves in Fine Grained Lithologies: Pretty Hill Formation, Otway Basin Master of Science in Petroleum Geology and Geophysics Master Full Time Mr Ali Ahmed Alghamdi
    2002 - 2006 Co-Supervisor The Determination and Characterization of Reservoirs in the Cambrian Succession of the Stansbury Basin with a View to Temporary Gas Storage Master of Science in Petroleum Geology and Geophysics Master Full Time Mr Benjamin Royal
    2000 - 2005 Co-Supervisor EVALUATING SITES FOR SUBSURFACE CO2 INJECTION/SEQUESTRATION: TANGGUH, BINTUNI BASIN, PAPUA, INDONESIA Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jonathan Salo
    1999 - 2003 Principal Supervisor EVALUATION OF SEALS AND ASSOCIATED RESERVOIR ROCKS: TRIASSIC NAPPAMERRI GROUP AND CUDDAPAN FORMATION, COOPER BASIN, SOUTH AUSTRALIA Master of Science in Petroleum Geology and Geophysics Master Full Time Mrs Rodica Dragomirescu
    1999 - 2001 Principal Supervisor PETROGRAPHIC IMAGE ANALYSIS AS A TOOL TO QUANTIFY POROSITY AND CEMENT DISTRIBUTION Master of Science (Reservoir Geoscience) Master Full Time Mr John Nejedlik
    1998 - 2008 Principal Supervisor Characterising Top Seal in the Vulcan Sub-Basin, North West Shelf, Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Tomasz Kivior
  • Position: Chief Scientist CO2CRC - Chair of Geosequest
  • Phone: 83134291
  • Email: john.kaldi@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 8026
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Santos Petroleum Engineering, floor 1
  • Room: 1 36
  • Org Unit: Australian School of Petroleum

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