School of Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Mark is a Senior Lecturer in Petroleum Geoscience at the Australian School of Petroleum, University of Adelaide. His present research activities are concerned with formation evaluation and seismic geomorphology. Prior to his present role, he spent seven years with the CO2CRC as a Research Associate in reservoir characterisation, during which he worked on geological carbon storage site selection, capacity estimation and geological modelling projects in the onshore Canterbury Basin (NZ), the Gippsland and Otway basins of Victoria, the Surat Basin of Queensland, and the Darling Basin of NSW. Mark spent a period of time as acting head of geomodelling for the CO2CRC Otway Basin Pilot Project and led CO2CRC storage research projects for five years. Mark has also worked for the North Sea Palaeolandscapes Project and as a developer of shallow groundwater flow models to guide gravel excavation planning.
Past research themes:
- Demonstration of complex resistivity signatures for deformation band material hosted within mature reservoir sandstone
- Characterization of palaeolandscape processes via forward stratigraphic simulation of the redistribution of terrestrial sediments by water and wind currents over geological timescales
- Characterization and modelling of subsurface CO2 storage systems
Current research themes:
- Seismic geomorphology - digital rendering of past landscapes and landscape features preserved within the subsurface by use of seismic attribute analysis to elucidate controls on the development of stratigraphy
- Detecting cemented zones within siliciclastic stratigraphy - using subtle expressions within legacy exploration datasets, namely wireline log and 3D seismic survey data, to automatically delineate the occurrence of discrete cemented zones within sandstone reservoir units
- Discriminating sources for natural accumulations of CO2 - using spatial analysis of stable isotope distributions to determine the contributions made by biological processes and mantle degassing to subsurface natural gas accumulations containing CO2
Date Position Institution name 2015 - ongoing Senior Lecturer in Petroleum Geoscience University of Adelaide 2008 - 2014 Senior Research Associate in CCS (CO2CRC) University of Adelaide 2006 - 2007 Postdoctoral Research Associate University of Birmingham 2003 - 2004 Research Assistant University of Birmingham
Date Institution name Country Title 2001 - 2006 University of Birmingham United Kingdom PhD 2000 - 2001 University of Birmingham United Kingdom MSc 1997 - 2000 Durham University United Kingdom BSc (Hons)
Date Title Institution Country Graduate Certificate in Higher Education University of Adelaide Australia
Year Citation 2022 Koochak, R., Sayyafzadeh, M., Nadian, A., Bunch, M., & Haghighi, M. (2022). A variability aware GAN for improving spatial representativeness of discrete geobodies. Computers and Geosciences, 166, 14 pages.
2022 Daniel, R., Bunch, M. A., Menacherry, S., & Lawrence, M. J. F. (2022). Characterizing CO<inf>2</inf> storage architecture using paleoenvironmental evidence from petrographic and diagenetic modeling. AAPG Bulletin, 106(9), 1877-1897.
2021 Velayatham, T., Holford, S. P., Bunch, M. A., & King, R. C. (2021). Fault controlled focused fluid flow in the Ceduna Sub-Basin, offshore South Australia; evidence from 3D seismic reflection data. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 127, 104813.
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2020 Lubiniecki, D. C., King, R. C., Holford, S. P., Bunch, M. A., Hore, S. B., & Hill, S. M. (2020). Cenozoic structural evolution of the Mount Lofty Ranges and Flinders Ranges, South Australia, constrained by analysis of deformation bands. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 67(8), 1097-1115.
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2020 Bunch, M. A. (2020). A probability model to detect carbonate cementation in sandstones and other enigmatic wireline facies. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 118, 104424-1-104424-24.
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2019 Lubiniecki, D. C., White, S. R. S., King, R. C., Holford, S. P., Bunch, M. A., & Hill, S. M. (2019). Structural evolution of carbonate-hosted cataclastic bands adjacent to a major neotectonic fault, Sellicks Beach, South Australia. Journal of Structural Geology, 126, 11-24.
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2019 Hardman, J., Holford, S., Schofield, N., Bunch, M., & Gibbins, D. (2019). The Warnie volcanic province: Jurassic intraplate volcanism in Central Australia. Gondwana Research, 76, 322-347.
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2019 Bunch, M. (2019). Quantified Detection of Carbonate Cementation in Sandstones using Standard Wireline Log Data. Exploration Geophysics, 2019(1), 1-7.
2019 Curtis, M., Holford, S., Bunch, M., & Schofield, N. (2019). The spatial distribution of igneous intrusions in the Exmouth Plateau and Exmouth Sub Basin, North West Shelf, Western Australia. Exploration Geophysics, 2019(1), 1-5.
2018 Velayatham, T., Holford, S., & Bunch, M. (2018). Ancient fluid flow recorded by remarkably long, buried pockmark trains observed in 3D seismic data, Exmouth Plateau, Northern Carnarvon Basin. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 95, 303-313.
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2018 Velayatham, T., Holford, S., & Bunch, M. (2018). Linear Trends of Paleo-Pockmarks and Fluid Flow Pipes in the Jurassic and Triassic Sediments of Offshore Northwest Australia. ASEG Extended Abstracts, 2018(1), 1-3.
2018 Bunch, M. (2018). Predicting and Detecting Carbonate Cemented Zones Within Latrobe Group Reservoirs of the Gippsland Basin. ASEG Extended Abstracts, 2018(1), 1-8.
2018 Koochak, R., Haghighi, M., Sayyafzadeh, M., & Bunch, M. (2018). Rock typing and facies identification using fractal theory and conventional petrophysical logs. The APPEA Journal, 58(1), 102.
2016 Bunch, M. (2016). Control on Pleistocene Shelf Drainage by Post-Eocene Stratigraphy of the Gippsland Basin. ASEG Extended Abstracts, 2016(1), 1-6.
2016 Keaney, M., Holford, S., & Bunch, M. (2016). Constraining Late Cretaceous exhumation in the Eromanga Basin using sonic velocity data. Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) Journal, 56, 101-126. 2015 Qu, D., Bunch, M., & Kaldi, J. (2015). CO₂ storage capacity estimation for a deep saline formation by static reservoir modelling: the Cretaceous Paaratte Formation, offshore Otway Basin, Victoria. The APPEA Journal, 55, 283-290. 2013 Bunch, M. (2013). Gauging geological characterisation for CO2 storage: the Australasian experience so far.... Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 60(1), 5-21.
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2013 Field, B., Bachu, S., Basava-Reddi, M., Bunch, M., Funnell, R., Holloway, S., & Richardson, R. (2013). Interaction of CO₂ with subsurface resources. Energy Procedia, 37, 7741-7746.
2013 Michael, K., Bunch, M., & Varma, S. (2013). Simulation of the cumulative impacts of CO2 geological storage and petroleum production on aquifer pressures in the offshore gippsland basin. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 19, 310-321.
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2013 Bunch, M., Michael, K., Hortle, A., Azizi, E., Arnot, M., Daniel, R., . . . Browne, G. (2013). Basin-scale modelling and simulation for CO<inf>2</inf> Storage: Basins in Eastern Australia. 2012 Bunch, M., Daniel, R., Lawrence, M., Browne, G., Menacherry, S., Dance, T., & Arnot, M. (2012). Multi-scale characterisation of the Paaratte Formation, Otway Basin, for CO2 injection and storage. The APPEA Journal, 52(2), 664.
2012 Forbes, C., Giles, D., Jourdan, F., Sato, K., Omori, S., & Bunch, M. (2012). Cooling and exhumation history of the northeastern Gawler Craton, South Australia. Precambrian Research, 200-203, 209-238.
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2011 Bu Ali, A. T., Alali, M., Alzaid, M., Bunch, M., & Menacherry, S. (2011). Numerical simulation model of geological storage of carbon dioxide in onshore Gippsland Basin, Victoria. Society of Petroleum Engineers - 9th European Formation Damage Conference 2011, 2, 796-812.
2004 Bunch, M., Mackay, R., Tellam, J., & Turner, P. (2004). A model for simulating the deposition of water-lain sediments in dryland environments. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 8(2), 122-134.
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- Velayatham, T., Holford, S., Bunch, M., King, R., & Magee, C. (n.d.). 3D Seismic Analysis of Ancient Subsurface Fluid Flow in the Exmouth Plateau, Offshore Western Australia.
Year Citation 2014 Paterson, L., Boreham, C., Bunch, M., Dance, T., Ennis-King, J., Freifeld, B., . . . Stalker, L. (2014). CO2CRC Otway Stage 2B Residual Saturation and Dissolution Test. In P. Cook (Ed.), Geologically Storing Carbon: Learning from the Otway Project Experience (pp. 329-360). Collingwood, Vic: CSIRO PUBLISHING. 2014 Paterson, L., Boreham, C., Bunch, M., Dance, T., Ennis-King, J., Freifeld, B., . . . Stalker, L. (2014). CO2CRC Otway Stage 2B Residual Saturation and Dissolution Test. In P. Cook (Ed.), Geologically Storing Carbon: Learning from the Otway Project Experience (pp. 329-360). Collingwood, Vic: CSIRO PUBLISHING. 2007 Bunch, M., Gaffney, V., & Thomson, K. (2007). Coordinating Marine Survey Data Sources. In V. Gaffney, K. Thomson, & S. Finch (Eds.), Mapping Doggerland: The Mesolithic Landscapes of the Southern North Sea (pp. 11-21). England, UK: Archaeopress.
2007 Fitch, S., Gaffney, V., Thomson, K., Briggs, K., Bunch, M., & Holford, S. (2007). An atlas of the palaeolandscapes of the Southern North Sea. In V. Gaffney, K. Thomson, & S. Finch (Eds.), Mapping Doggerland: The Mesolithic Landscapes of the Southern North Sea (pp. 67-92). England, UK: Archaeopress. 2007 Briggs, K., Bunch, M., & Holford, S. (2007). An atlas of the palaeolandscapes of the southern north sea simon fitch, vincent gaffney, kenneth thomson with. In Mapping Doggerland: The Mesolithic Landscapes of the Southern North Sea (pp. 67-91). Archaeopress Publishing Ltd.
I teach the following courses or technical themes as part of both Petroleum Geoscience and Petroleum Engineering curricula within the Australian School of Petroleum:
- Wireline logging: principles, acquisition, and interpretation
- Image log analysis
- Reservoir characterization
- Fundamentals of seismic acquisition, processing and interpretation
- Standard seismic interpretation
- Advanced seismic interpretation
- Subsurface mapping
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2022 Co-Supervisor Tectonics and Magmatic Evolution of the Browse Basin, North West Shelf of Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Kosuke Tsutsui 2020 Principal Supervisor Application of different angle stacks and seismic attribute analysis to enhance the understanding of the reservoir geology within the Shipwreck Through, Offshore Otway Basin Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Marat Valiyev 2019 Co-Supervisor Reservoir characterization using stochastic wavelet basis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Roozbeh Koochak 2019 Co-Supervisor Post-breakup Evolution of the Ceduna Sub-basin and Understanding of Processes that Occur on Rifted Continental Margins Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Monica Jimenez Lloreda 2018 Co-Supervisor Magmatism and Petroleum Systems in the North West Shelf Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Michael Shaun Curtis
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2018 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Neotectonic faults of the Paralana Escarpment and their influence on uranium-bearing fluid flow Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Jonathan David Donauer Berthiaume 2017 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Analysing Ancient Focused Fluid Flow Systems in Offshore Sedimentary Basins of Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Tayallen Velayatham 2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Structural Evolution of Deformation Bands Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Drew Christopher Lubiniecki 2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Sequence stratigraphy, facies architecture and petroleum potential of the Roseneath, Epsilon, and Murteree Formations in the Cooper Basin, Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Fengtao Guo
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2013 - ongoing Treasurer Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia - South Australia Branch Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia Australia
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