Associate Professor Stuart Clark
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Stuart Clark

  • PhD in Geophysics (University of Sydney, 2007)
  • Master of Arts (University of Melbourne, 2004)
  • BSc.(Hons)/B. Arts (University of Sydney, 2002)
Mineral and Energy Resources Engineering

A/Prof. Stuart Clark is a geophysicist with an interest in resource exploration in frontier environments. His current research also includes automation of geophysical interpretation, optimisation of infrastructure placement and numerical simulations of Earth processes. Prior to joining UNSW in 2017, he was the Director of Research, for Kalkulo AS in Norway (2014-2017) and the Head of Department of Computational Geoscience for the Norwegian Simula Research Laboratory (2011-2014). In these roles he worked on and managed projects delivering cutting edge software and research products to impact industry workflows and regional geological understanding.

Early Cretaceous Reconstruction of the Geological Structures of the Barents Sea

(with present-day topography and coastlines reconstructed for reference)

Subduction model showing a slab decending into the Earth's mantle from Clark et al., 2008.

Tyree Energy and Technology Building (H6) Level 2, Room 214
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Kuang J; Ng AHM; Ge L; Metternicht GI; Clark SR, 2023, 'Joint Use of Optical and Radar Remote Sensing Data for Characterizing the 2020 Aniangzhai Landslide Post-Failure Displacement', Remote Sensing, vol. 15, pp. 369 - 369,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Alarji H; Clark S; Lieb KR, 2022, 'The effect of different CO2 phases on wormhole development in carbonate rocks', Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, vol. 108,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Alarji H; Clark S; Regenauer-Lieb K, 2022, 'Wormholes effect in carbonate acid enhanced oil recovery methods', Advances in Geo-Energy Research, vol. 6, pp. 492 - 501,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Almedallah MK; Clark S; Walsh SDC, 2022, 'Schedule Optimization To Accelerate Offshore Oil Projects While Maximizing Net Present Value in the Presence of Simultaneous Operations, Weather Delays, and Resource Limitations', SPE Production and Operations, vol. 37, pp. 54 - 71,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Alohali R; Al-Zubaidi F; Van Kranendonk M; Clark S, 2022, 'Automated Fault Detection in the Arabian Basin', Geophysics, vol. 87, pp. 1 - 37,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Alohali R; Alzubaidi F; van Kranendonk M; Clark S, 2022, 'Automated fault detection in the Arabian Basin', GEOPHYSICS, vol. 87, pp. IM101 - IM109,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Altaheini S; Mostaghimi P; Clark SR, 2022, 'Incorporating adaptive well conditions into numerical reservoir simulators constrained by well and reservoir performance data', Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, vol. 208, pp. 109684 - 109684,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Alzubaidi F; Makuluni P; Clark SR; Lie JE; Mostaghimi P; Armstrong RT, 2022, 'Automatic fracture detection and characterization from unwrapped drill-core images using mask R–CNN', Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, vol. 208, pp. 109471 - 109471,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Lodhia BH; Clark SR, 2022, 'Computation of vertical fluid mobility of CO₂, methane, hydrogen and hydrocarbons through sandstones and carbonates.', Sci Rep, vol. 12, pp. 10216 - 10216,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Vilacís B; Hayek JN; Stotz IL; Bunge HP; Friedrich AM; Carena S; Clark S, 2022, 'Evidence for active upper mantle flow in the Atlantic and Indo-Australian realms since the Upper Jurassic from hiatus maps and spreading rate changes', Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, vol. 478, pp. 20210764,
    Journal articles | 2021
    ALMEDALLAH M; ALTAHEINI SK; CLARK S; WALSH S, 2021, 'Combined stochastic and discrete simulation to optimise the economics of mixed single-horizontal and multilateral well offshore oil developments', Petroleum Exploration and Development, vol. 48, pp. 1183 - 1197,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Almedallah MK; Al Mudhafar AA; Clark S; Walsh SDC, 2021, 'Vector-based three-dimensional (3D) well-path optimization assisted by geological modelling and borehole-log extraction', Upstream Oil and Gas Technology, vol. 7, pp. 100053 - 100053,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Alzubaidi F; Mostaghimi P; Swietojanski P; Clark SR; Armstrong RT, 2021, 'Automated lithology classification from drill core images using convolutional neural networks', Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, vol. 197,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Makuluni P; Johnson LM; Hauser J; Langhi L; Clark S, 2021, 'Quantifying exhumation using compaction and vitrinite reflectance in the Southern Bonaparte Basin, North West Shelf, Australia', Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 134, pp. 105318 - 105318,
    Journal articles | 2019
    Bugge AJ; Erik Lie J; Evensen AK; Faleide JI; Clark S, 2019, 'Automatic extraction of dislocated horizons from 3D seismic data using nonlocal trace matching', Geophysics, vol. 84, pp. IM77 - IM86,
    Journal articles | 2019
    Makuluni P; Clark S; Hauser J, 2019, 'The impact and causes of subsidence in the exmouth sub-basin, northern carnarvon basin', Exploration Geophysics, vol. 2019, pp. 1 - 5,
    Journal articles | 2018
    Vibe Y; Friedrich AM; Bunge H-P; Clark S, 2018, 'Correlations of oceanic spreading rates and hiatus surface area in the North Atlantic realm', Lithosphere, vol. 10, pp. 677 - 684,
    Journal articles | 2013
    Vynnytska L; Rognes ME; Clark S, 2013, 'Benchmarking FEniCS for Mantle Convection Simulations', Computers & Geosciences, vol. 50, pp. 95 - 105,
  • Preprints | 2021
    Lodhia B; Clark S, 2021, The mobility of fluids through rocks,
    Conference Papers | 2020
    Alnaseef FH; Almedallah MK; Clark SR; Walsh SDC, 2020, 'An integrated model to optimize artificial islands developments in shallow water fields', in International Petroleum Technology Conference 2020, IPTC 2020
    Conference Papers | 2020
    Alsaddah A; Almedallah MK; Clark SR; Walsh SDC, 2020, 'A numerical model to assist with the selection of non-metallic piping materials for offshore developments', in International Petroleum Technology Conference 2020, IPTC 2020
    Conference Papers | 2014
    Noack M; Gillberg T; Clark S, 2014, 'Fast and accurate Solutions of the Eikonal and Transport Equations', in 76th European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers Conference and Exhibition 2014: Experience the Energy - Incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2014
    Preprints |
    Alarji H; Clark S; Regenauer-Lieb K, Do Wormholes in Carbonates Affect the Oil Recovery for Acid Enhanced Oil Recovery Methods?,
    Preprints |
    Alarji H; Clark S; Regenauer-Lieb K, Do Wormholes in Carbonates Affect the Oil Recovery for Acid Enhanced Oil Recovery Methods?,

  • S. Clark, J. Hauser, K. Regenauer-Lieb, T. Salles, H-P. Bunge and J. Lie (2020-2023), Kinematica: Inference-Based Rapid Resource Exploration Scenario Testing. Australian Research Council Linkage LP190100176
  • K. Regenauer-Lieb, J. Afonso, S. Clark, S. Walsh, S. Thiel, K. Czarnota, T. Poulet and A. Jones (2019-2022), Illuminating AusLAMP: Thermodynamics inversion for mineral systems, Australian Research Council LP170100233
  • S. Clark (2018-2021), 3D Dynamic Sedimentary Basin Reconstructions, Lundin Energy
  • S. Clark (2018-2021), Basin Reconstructions of the Northwest Shelf of Australia, CSIRO Deep Earth Imaging Future Science Platform

My Research Supervision

  • Patrick Makuluni - Automated Restoration of the Northwest Shelf, Australia (Secondary supervisors Dr. Juerg Hauser and Dr. Laurent Langhi, CSIRO and A/Prof. Ryan Armstrong, UNSW)
  • Mohammed Almedallah - Optimisation of Drilling Paths and Oil Rig Placement (Secondary supervisors Dr. Stuart Walsh, Monash University and A/Prof. Ryan Armstrong, UNSW)
  • Suleiman Altaheini - Studying 3D models of reservoir geology built from numerical models of rift and passive margin development (Co-Supervisor A/Prof. Peyman Mostaghimi, UNSW)
  • Peigen Luo - Understand the Evolution of Crustal Highs in Rifted Margins (Secondary supervisor Prof. Klaus Regenauer-Lieb, UNSW)
  • George Marfo - High-Resolution Sequence-Stratigraphy of Mudstones and their Organic Rich Beds, Amadeus Basin, Australia (Secondary supervisor, Tehani Palu, Geoscience Australia)
  • Ruaa Alohali - Enhance the accuracy of multi-member clastic reservoir mapping and its fluid distribution. A case study in a heavily eroded reservoir in Central Arabia (Primary supervisor Prof. Martin van Kranendonk, UNSW)
  • Mackenzie Baker - The impact of the tectonics of the Australian plate on the paleogeography (Joint supervisor A/Prof. Malte Ebach, UNSW)

Recent Completions:

  • Aina Bugge - University of Oslo - Filtering techniques and numerical solutions related to image enhancement and automated geological interpretation of seismic data (Joint supervision with Prof. Jan Inge Faleide, UiO, Dr. Jan Erik Lie, Lundin Norway).

My Teaching

I teaching the following courses


GEOS1111 - Fundamentals of Geology (Lecturer)

PTRL2030 - Field Development Geology (Course Coordinator)

PTRL2114 - Petroleum Geophysics (Course Coordinator)

MERE4951, 4952 and 4953 - Research Thesis (Course Coordinator)

PTRL5006/6006 - Field Development Geology for Petroleum Engineers (Course Coordinator)

PTRL5014/6014 - Petroleum Geophysics (Course Coordinator)

MERE9451, 9452 and 9453 - Masters Project (Course Coordinator)

PTRL9451 and PTRL9452 and PTRL9453 Masters Thesis (Course Coordinator)

MINE5010 - Fundamentals of Rock Behaviour for Underground Mining (Lecturer)