Ric has cumulatively taught undergraduate palaeontology and sedimentology for over 15 years and most recently taught at Adelaide and Flinders Universities.
He has worked in the oil industry, primarily as a senior drilling fluids engineer for 12 years. During this time he utilised a wide range of mud types for a variety of sometimes difficult drilling situations in areas including, southern USA; Sumatra and Kalimantan, Indonesia; North Sea, Scotland; Northwest Shelf and Cooper Basin, Australia.
He completed his PhD on the spatial distribution and composition of recent marginal shelf carbonates and more particularly the interface between the carbonate sediments of the shelf and the terrestrial margin as typified in the large embayments along the West Coast of the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. This work involves extensive use of SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy), XRD, cathodo luminescence and polarised light microscopy for determining the origins of carbonate mud particles present in these highstand depositional areas. Ric is a research fellow in data resource, mercury injection capillary pressure analysis and seals analysis.