Natalie Debenham

Natalie Debenham

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Australian School of Petroleum

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences


My current research is focussed on using natural fracture networks to predict subsurface fluid flow in Australia’s petroleum producing basins. This research aims to better constrain the origin, nature, and hydraulic conductivity of natural fracture networks, and to understand their relationship to crustal stresses. I combine detailed structural mapping together with petrophysics, seismic data, and geomechanical analyses to understand naturally fractured reservoirs in sedimentary basins that have undergone inversion, e.g. the Otway Basin in Australia and the Bristol Channel Basin in the United Kingdom. I have previously worked on the depositional controls of organic-rich rocks in unconventional reservoirs.

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  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2018 Teaching Award Demonstrator of the Year The University of Adelaide Australia
    2018 Award Best Student Oral Paper (Energy) Australasian Exploration Geoscience Conference
    2016 Scholarship Eric Rudd Memorial Scholarship 2016 The University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 Scholarship Tony Noon Memorial Scholarship 2016 APPEA Australia
    2016 Scholarship Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia Postgraduate Scholarship 2016 PESA Australia
    2016 Scholarship Australian Postgraduate Award The University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 Scholarship Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship Macquarie University Australia
    2014 Award Best Student Poster Presentation Australian Organic Geochemistry Conference Australia
    2014 Research Award Tate Memorial Medal The University of Adelaide Australia
    2014 Award Australian Institute of Geoscientists' Honours Bursary Award Australian Institute of Geoscientists Australia
    2014 Award Australian Coal Basins Best Poster Prize The University of Newcastle Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2016 - 2019 The University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy
    2015 - 2015 Macquarie University Australia Master of Research
    2014 - 2014 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Honours)
    2011 - 2013 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Geology and Geophysics and Applied Geology)
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Member Young Petroleum Professionals S.A. Young Petroleum Professionals Australia
    2016 - ongoing Secretary American Association of Petroleum Geologists The University of Adelaide Australia

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