Rosalind King

Associate Professor Rosalind King

Associate Professor

School of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

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


My main research interests include Structural Geology, Tectonics and Petroleum Geomechanics.

I am involved un a large investigation studying deepwater fold-thrust belts, in particular the impact of the detachment lithology, thickness and strength on structural style. I am also working on natural fracture systems and deformation bands and how they influence fluid flow in the subsurfacewith respect tot he present-day stress but also throughout their evolution since initiaition.

My previous work at the Australian School of Petroleum has been on two ARC funded projects. The first project I worked on during 2005-2008 "Present-day Stress and Neotectonics of an Active Collisional Margin - NW Borneo". The project integrated petroleum geomechanics and structural geology to understand the evolution of the NW Borneo active margin as well as the significant petroleum systems; in the Baram Delta and offshore from Sarawak and Sabah. The second project I worked on during 2008-2010 "Present-day Stress and Tectonics of Delta to Deepwater Fold-Thrust Belt Systems (DDFTBs)". Petroleum geomechanics, structural geology and analogue and numerical modelling were employed in this project to understand the concept of critical-taper wedge theory in DDFTBs, including the geometry and mechanics of evolution of these systems. We studied a number of delta systems worldwide; including the Baram, Gulf of Mexico, Mahakam, Niger and Nile delta systems, as well as the White Pointer and Hammerhead deltas in the Ceduna Basin. My other research interests include:

Fold Mechanics; Control of Detachment Type/Lithology/Thickness on Structural Style; Deformation Styles in Fold-Thrust Belts; Salt Tectonics; Source to Sink, and; Structurally controlled Sedimentation, Present-day Stress, Fault and Fracture Evolution, Deformation Bands, Fluid Flow in the Subsurface.

My main research interests include Structural Geology, Tectonics and Petroleum Geomechanics.

I am involved un a large investigation studying deepwater fold-thrust belts, in particular the impact of the detachment lithology, thickness and strength on structural style. I am also working on natural fracture systems and deformation bands and how they influence fluid flow in the subsurfacewith respect tot he present-day stress but also throughout their evolution since initiaition.

My previous work at the Australian School of Petroleum has been on two ARC funded projects. The first project I worked on during 2005-2008 "Present-day Stress and Neotectonics of an Active Collisional Margin - NW Borneo". The project integrated petroleum geomechanics and structural geology to understand the evolution of the NW Borneo active margin as well as the significant petroleum systems; in the Baram Delta and offshore from Sarawak and Sabah. The second project I worked on during 2008-2010 "Present-day Stress and Tectonics of Delta to Deepwater Fold-Thrust Belt Systems (DDFTBs)". Petroleum geomechanics, structural geology and analogue and numerical modelling were employed in this project to understand the concept of critical-taper wedge theory in DDFTBs, including the geometry and mechanics of evolution of these systems. We studied a number of delta systems worldwide; including the Baram, Gulf of Mexico, Mahakam, Niger and Nile delta systems, as well as the White Pointer and Hammerhead deltas in the Ceduna Basin. My other research interests include:

Fold Mechanics; Control of Detachment Type/Lithology/Thickness on Structural Style; Deformation Styles in Fold-Thrust Belts; Salt Tectonics; Source to Sink, and; Structurally controlled Sedimentation, Present-day Stress, Fault and Fracture Evolution, Deformation Bands, Fluid Flow in the Subsurface.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    2013 - 2017 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2012 Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2005 - 2010 Postdoctoral Researcher University of Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2001 - 2006 University of Liverpool United Kingdom PhD Science
    1998 - 2001 University of Liverpool United Kingdom BSc (Hons) Geology
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Principal Supervisor Fluid Assistend Metamorphism at ultra-high pressures Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Kamini Bhowany
    2017 Co-Supervisor Improving the Accuracy of Geomechanical Predictions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Matthew Mark Musolino
    2017 Co-Supervisor Subsurface Fluid Flow in the North West Shelf Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Tayallen Velayatham
    2016 Co-Supervisor Subsurface Fluid Flow through Fractures in Sedimentary Basins Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Natalie Debenham
    2015 Principal Supervisor Structural Evolution of Deformation Bands Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Drew Christopher Lubiniecki
    2015 Co-Supervisor Palaeogeography and Tectonic Evolution of Indochina Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Romana Elysium Carthew Dew
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2018 Principal 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
    2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Normal fault growth analysis using 3D seismic datasets located along Australia’s southern margin Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Alexander George Robson
    2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor The Tectonic Evolution of Khao Khwang Fold-Thrust Belt, Central Thailand: new Insights into the Permian and Triassic Evolution of the Indosinian Orogeny in SE Asia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Francesco Arboit
    2012 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Compressional Deformation and Exhumation in Sedimentary Basins at 'Passive' Continental Margins, with implications for Hydrocarbon Exploration and Development Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr David Tassone
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Constraints on the timing and physical conditions of shale detachment faulting using natural examples Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Rowan Lawrence Hansberry
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Structural Permeability in Australian Sedimentary Basins Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Adam Henry Edward Bailey
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Present-Day Crustal Stress Pattern across Spatial Scales: Analysis and Interpretation from Plate-Wide to Local Scales Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mojtaba Rajabi
    2009 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Origin and Structure of the Ceduna Delta System, Offshore South Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Justin MacDonald
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83135844
  • Email: rosalind.king@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4347
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Mawson Laboratories, floor G
  • Room: G 38a
  • Org Unit: Earth Sciences

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