Travel Report by Antoine Dillinger
I am very grateful to Geoconferences for awarding me a JH Lord Travel Grant to help cover my expenses to the 2015 International Convention and Exhibition (ICE) in Melbourne, Victoria, from 13-16 September, organized by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), and the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA). It was a major international scientific event in geosciences with a strong technical program and over 2,000 conference participants.
My oral presentation entitled “Early Permian Stratal Architecture and Depositional History, Northern Perth Basin, Western Australia” was given in the theme “Shallow Marine Sedimentology” chaired by Drs Sarah Indrelid (Shell Todd Oil Services) and Saju Menacherry (Chevron). I presented primary results and interpretations of my PhD project at the School of Earth and Environment of the University of Western Australia. More precisely, I presented my sedimentological data and working interpretations of the diverse and complex depositional environments recorded by the Early Permian formations of the northern Perth Basin that range from a glacially influenced, wave-dominated coastline to coastal plain and tide-influenced estuarine settings. A complex depositional history was inferred, controlled by parameters such as sea-level history, basin physiography, climatic changes, and sediment provenance.
It was encouraging to receive positive and useful feedback from other researchers that will be highly valuable for writing up this paper and for my PhD project overall. Attending other talks in various geoscience disciplines was enriching, and the poster session was a good opportunity to meet representatives of companies that are currently undertaking exploratory drilling for unconventional resources in the northern Perth Basin. Finally, I met with many fellow postgraduate students from Australia, North America, Europe and Asia at social events.