Local geoscientist the first Australian student to win award

Simon Holford Natalie Debenham Ros King

Geoscientist Natalie Debenham has been awarded the Journal of Structural Geology’s Student Author of the Year Award for 2019.

This is the first time that this award has been presented to an Australian-based student.

Above image: Associate Professor Simon Holford, Dr Natalie Debenham and Associate Professor Rosalind King at Natalie's graduation in September 2019

Debenham Geoscience Fault

Natalie Debenham and Simon Holford in the field looking at a large fault

The award - from the leading international journal in its field - is for her 2018 paper entitled ‘The influence of a reverse-reactivated normal fault on natural fracture geometries and relative chronologies at Castle Cove, Otway Basin’.

The paper was co-authored by Dr Debenham's supervisors Rosalind King from the School of Physical Sciences and Simon Holford from the Australian School of Petroleum.

The research was supported by an RTPS scholarship and the 'Subsurface fluid flow through fractures in sedimentary basins' ARC Discovery Project.

Dr Debenham graduated with her PhD in September and is now employed as a geoscientist with ExxonMobil, based in Melbourne.

Read the award-winning paper

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