Prof Richard Hillis

S.A. Chair in Petroleum Reservoir Properties/Petrophysics

Telephone:    +61 8 8303 3080
Facsimile:      +61 8 8303 4345

Richard Hillis holds the State of South Australia Chair in Petroleum Reservoir Properties/Petrophysics. This Chair is funded by the South Australian State Government through the Department of Primary Industries and Resources South Australia (PIRSA). Richard holds a BSc (Hons) from Imperial College, University of London (1985), and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh (1989). Richard has held research positions at Flinders University (Adelaide) and at the British Geological Survey. In 1992, Richard joined the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Adelaide, moving in 1999 to the State of South Australia Chair at the National Centre for Petroleum Geology and Geophysics.

Richard has broad research and consulting interests in sedimentary basin tectonics and petroleum geomechanics (contemporary stresses). In particular he has worked on quantifying uplift in inverted sedimentary basins and on the applications of such to oil exploration (eg. source rock maturity, migration pathways and seismic velocities for depth conversion), and on regional uplift and its causes. Richard has worked extensively on the contemporary stress field of Australia and its implications for issues ranging from plate tectonic-driving mechanisms to those in the oil patch (eg. wellbore stability, fracture stimulation, naturally fractured reservoirs and seal integrity).

Richard's areas of undergraduate teaching have included plate tectonics, lithospheric stress, basin tectonics, structural geology, mineral deposits, solid earth geophysics, exploration geophysics (seismic, gravity, magnetic and radiometric methods), wireline logging, field geology and field geophysics. Richard is a member of AAPG, AGU, ASEG, EAGE, GSA, GSL, PESA and SEG.


Major Research Projects

Contract Research Projects

Australian Stress Map