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Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences - Organic Geochemistry

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Professor Simon George

BSc (Hons) (St Andrews, Scotland); PhD (Newcastle upon Tyne, England)

Professor Simon George
Professor of Organic Geochemistry
Director, Macquarie University Marine Research Centre

Contact Details

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences | Room 2.674, 2nd Floor,
The Australian Hearing Hub,
16 University Avenue, Macquarie University,

North Ryde, Sydney, NSW 2109, Austral

Organic Geochemistry lab, Rm 340/344, building E7B

Phone: + 61 2 9850 4424

Fax: + 61 2 9850 6904


Professor Bill Griffin

Professor Simon George is the leader of the organic geochemistry group at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

I have more than 25 years experience in organic geochemistry, including 15 years specialising in petroleum geochemistry at CSIRO. Organic geochemistry involves the study of the chemical and isotopic signatures in rocks and sediments, which tell us information about the past. We can reconstruct the nature and timing of important events in the evolution of life. Biomarkers are hydrocarbons that retain the structural information from the original lipids from which they were derived. Biomarkers and other hydrocarbons in oils, rocks and sediments provide us the ability to understand source inputs, subsequent burial and heating history (thermal maturity) and alteration events (such as oil biodegradation). The chemistry of insoluble fractions of organic matter, such as kerogen and asphaltenes, provides further useful information.


Further details about my organic geochemistry research:

Teaching responsibilities

Main Undergraduate teaching

GEOS112: The Planet Earth. I teach about the biosphere (Module 4)

GEOS204: Life, the Universe and Everything. Many lectures, some practicals.

GEOS206: Marine Depositional Environments. Some lectures, teach on the South Coast of NSW fieldtrip to Kioloa in April.

GEOS309: Sediments, Liquid Fuels and Energy Security. Convenor, most lectures and practicals.

Other Undergraduate teaching

GEOS126: Marine Geoscience. Some lectures, sometimes fieldwork.

GEOS226: Introduction to Field Geology. Convenor, sometimes teach on theKeepit fieldtrip.

Postgraduate teaching

GEOS710: The Organic Geochemistry of Sedimentary Rocks, Oils and Gases. Convenor, practical organic geochemistry in the research lab for Master Research students.

GEOS920: Petroleum Geochemistry. Convenor, practical petroleum geochemistry in the research lab for master coursework students (Master Geoscience).

Genes to Geoscience, Postgraduate modules: Where biology, geology and chemistry meet: Frontiers in Biogeochemistry; What's In Stuff? (with Damian Gore); Geosphere-Biosphere Interactions (With Matthew Kosnick and Craig O’Neill).

Conference that I chaired

Australian Organic Geochemistry Conference: Macquarie University, 2-5th December 2012

Link to my profile in the Science Staff Directory

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