Publications, presentations & posters


Balucan RD, Turner LG, Steel KM (2018): X-ray µCT investigations of the effects of cleat demineralisation by HCl acidizing on coal permeabilityJournal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering. 55, 206-218.

Ge L, Hamilton C, Febrina RT, Rudolph V, Rufford TE (2018): A phase inversion polymer coating to prevent swelling and spalling of clay fines in coal seam gas wells. International Journal of Coal Science & Technology. 5 (2) 179-190.

Holl H, Scheuermann A (2018): Characterisation of geomechanical properties of bentonite clay used for plug and abandonment operations of coal seam gas wellsJournal of Minerals and Materials Characterization and Engineering. 6 (2) 218-234.

Hurter S, Rodger I, Garnett A (2018): Comment on "Numerical investigation of the potential contamination of a shallow aquifer in producing coalbed methane" by Xianbo Su, Fengde Zhou, and Stephen Tyson. Energy Exploration & Exploitation. DOI: 10.1177/0144598718778164

Jing Z, Balucan RD, Underschultz JR, Steel KM (2018): Oxidant stimulation for enhancing coal seam permeability: Swelling and solubilisation behaviour of unconfined coal particles in oxidantsFuel. 221, 320-328. 

Keir G, Bulovic N, McIntyre N (2018). Stochastic modelling of groundwater extractions over a data-sparse region of Australia. Groundwater.

Underschultz JR, Vink S, Garnett A (2018): Coal seam gas associated water production in Queensland: Actual vs predicted. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering. 52, 410-422. 

Zhou F, Shields D, Tyson S, Esterle J (2018): Comparison of sequential indicator simulaton, object modelling and multiple-point statistics in reproducing channel geometries and continuity in 2D with two different spaced conditional datasets. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. 166 718-730.


Babaahmadi A, Sliwa R, Esterle J, Rosenbaum G (2017): The development of a Triassic fold-thrust belt in a synclinal depositional system, Bowen Basin (eastern Australia)Tectonics. 36:1, 51-77.

Bardossy A, Hörning S (2017): Process-driven direction-dependent asymmetry: Identification and quantification of directional dependence in spatial fields. Mathematical Geosciences. 49:7, 871-891.

Donose B, Birkett G, Pratt S (2017): Advanced microscopy of inorganic colloids sampled from consecutive stages of RO filtration. Colloid and Interface Science Communications. 17, 1-4.

Lechner AM, McIntyre N, Witt K, Raymond CM, Arnold S, Scott M, Rifkin W (2017): Challenges of integrated modelling in mining regions to address social, environmental and economic impactsEnvironmental Modelling and Software. 93, 268-281.

Mahoney S, Rufford T, Johnson D, Dmyterko A, Rodrigues S, Esterle J, Rudolph V, Steel K (2017): The effect of rank, lithotype and roughness on contact angle measurements in coal cleatsInternational Journal of Coal Geology. 179, 302-315.

Mukherjee S, Copley J, Esterle J (2017): In-situ stress and fracture controls on permeability distribution within Walloon Subgroup, Surat BasinSociety of Petroleum Engineers URCE

McCourt T, Hurter S, Lawson B, Zhou F, Thompson B, Tyson S, Donovan D (2017): Uncertainty quantification of coal seam gas production prediction using Polynomial ChaosJournal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. 157, 1148-1159.

Sedek M, Gross L, Tyson S (2017): Automatic NMO correction and full common depth point NMO velocity field estimation in anisotropic mediaPure and Applied Geophysics. 174:1, 305-325.

Sedek M, Gross L (2017): Normal move-out correction in anisotropic and laterally heterogeneous media using simultaneous velocity variation with offsetJournal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering. 45, 399-414.

Shields D, Zhou F, Buchannan A, Esterle J (2017): Complementing coal seam gas facies modelling workflows with decompaction based processesMarine and Petroleum Geology. 88, 155-169.

Underschultz J (2017): Unconventional Gas, in: S Devasahayam, K Dowling, MK Mahapatra (Eds.). Sustainability in the Mineral and Energy Sectors. 545-560, Boca Raton, Florida, CRC Press.

Underschultz J (2017): Linking capillary and mechanical seal capacity mechanismsPetroleum Geoscience. 23:1, 3-9.

Wilson H, Gross L (2017): Amplitude variation with offset-friendly bootstrapped differential semblance. Geophysics. 82:5, V297-V309.

Witt K, Rifkin W, Mottee L, Everingham JA (2017): Cumulative Impact Assessment is not so SIMPleIAIA17 Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment, Montréal, 4-7 April 2017.

Witt, K (2017): Time for Facts. Queensland Country Life.

Wu B, Firouzi M, Mitchell T, Rufford T, Leonardi C, Towler B (2017): A critical review of flow maps for gas-liquid flows in vertical pipes and annuliChemical Engineering Journal. 326, 350-377.

Zhou F, Tyson S, Shields D, Titheridge D, Esterle J (2017): Understanding the geometry and distribution of fluvial channel sandstones and coal in the WCM, Surat Basin, Australia. Marine and Petroleum Geology. 86, 573-586.


Balucan RD, Turner LG, Steel KM (2016): Acid-induced mineral alteration on the permeability and compressibility of coal. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering. Special Issue 33, 973-987.

Donose B, Birkett G, Pratt S (2016): Insight into the initial stages of silica scaling employing a scanning electron and atomic force microscopy approachJournal of Membrane Science & Technology. 6:4, 7 pages.

Espig M, de Rijke K (2016): Reflection: Challenges and Lessons: Navigating coal seam gas fields: Ethnographic challenges in Queensland, AustraliaPracticing Anthropology. 38:3, 44-45.

Firouzi M, Towler B, Rufford T (2016): Developing new mechanistic models for predicting pressure gradient in coal bed methane wellsJournal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering. doi:

Gao J, Xing H, Turner L, Steel K, Sedek M, Golding S D, Rudolph V (2016): Pore-scale numerical investigation on chemical stimulation in coal and permeability enhancement for coal seam gas productionTransport in Porous Media. 116(1), 335-351.

Ge L, Hamilton C, Ferbina TR, Rudolph V, Rufford T (2016): Smart, porous polymer coatings to bind clay minerals in CBM wells. International Petroleum Technology Conference, Bangkok, 14-16 November 2016.

Gillespie N, Bond C, Downs C, Staggs J (2016): Stakeholder trust in the Queensland CSG industryAPPEA Journal. 56, 239-245.

Hardie L, Devetak NS, Rifkin W (2016): Universities in contentious energy debates - Science, democracy and CSG in AustraliaEnergy research & social science. 20, 21 pages.

Hentschel A, Esterle JS, Golding SD, Pacey DV (2016): Petrologic and stable isotopic study of the Walloon Coal Measures, Surat Basin, Queensland: peat accumulation under changing climate and base levelInternational Journal of Coal Geology. 160-161, 11-27.

Hentschel A, Esterle JS, Golding S (2016): The use of stable carbon isotope trends as a correlation tool - an example from the Surat Basin Australia. The APPEA Journal. 56(1), 355-368.

Li MX, Ricard LP, Underschultz J., Freifeld BM (2016): Reducing operational costs of CO2 sequestration through geothermal energy integration. Greenhouse Gas Control. 44, 238-248.

Mehreen S, Underschultz J (2016): Coexistence Opportunities for CSG and Agribusiness Promoting Complementary Industries. Journal of Industrial Ecology.

Patel A, Goh C, Towler B, Rudolph V, Rufford TE (2016): Screening of nanoparticles to control clay swelling in CBM wells. International Petroleum Technology Conference, Bangkok, 14-16 November 2016.

Sedek M, Gross L, Tyson S (2016): Automatic NMO Correction and Full Common Depth Point NMO Velocity Field Estimation in Anisotropic MediaPure and Applied Geophysics. 174, 305-325.

Steen J, Verreynne ML, Ford J (2016):  Four qualities that helped small business survive the end of the resources boom. The Conversation.

Towler B, Firouzi M, Underschultz J, Rifkin W, Garnett A, Schultz H, Esterle J, Tyson S, Witt K (2016): An overview of the coal seam gas developments in QueenslandJournal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering. 31, 249-271.

Towler B, Firouzi M, Holl HG, Gandhi R, Thomas A (2016): Field trials of plugging oil and gas wells with hydrated bentonite. SPE Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition, Perth, 25-27 October 2016.

Towler B, Firouzi M, Mortezapour A, Evans PD (2016): Field trials of the use of hydrated bentonite for decommissioning oil, gas wells. APPEA Journal. Vol. 56.

Turner LG, Steel K (2016): A study into the effect of cleat demineralisation by hydrochloric acid on the permeability of coal. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering. 36, 931-942.

Underschultz J, Pasini P, Grigorescu M, de Souza TL (2016): Assessing aquitard hydraulic performance from hydrocarbon migration indicators: Surat and Bowen basins, AustraliaMarine and Petroleum Geology. doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2016.09.025

Underschultz J, Dodds K, Michael K, Sharma S, Wall T, Whittaker S (2016): Carbon Capture and Storage, in: Devasahayam S, Dowling K, Mahapatra MK (Eds.). Sustainability in the Mineral and Energy Sectors. 437-452, Boca Raton, Florida, CRC Press.

Underschultz J, Strand J (2016): Capillary seal capacity of faults under hydrodynamic conditions. Geofluids Journal special edition on Fault Zone Hydrogeology. 16, 464-475.

Vink S (2016): Realising the utility of a water atlas for the Surat Basin CSG development areaQld Mining & Energy Bulletin.

Zhou F, Shields D, Tyson S, Esterle J (2016): Nested approaches to modelling swamp and fluvial channel distribution in the Upper Juandah Member of the Walloon Coal Measures, Surat Basin. The APPEA Journal.


Balucan RD, Turner LG, Steel KM (2015): The influence of cleat demineralisation on the compressibility of coalSPE Asia Pacific Unconventional Resources Conference and Exhibition, Brisbane, 9-11 November. SPE-176960.

Donovan D, Burrage K, Burrage P, McCourt TA, Thompson HB, Yzici ES (2015): Estimates of the coverage of parameter space by Latin Hypercube and Orthogonal sampling: connections between Populations of Models and Experimental Designs. arXiv, 1510.03502. link to article

Firouzi M, Towler B, Rufford T (2015): Mechanistic modelling of counter-current slug flows in vertical annuliSPE Asia Pacific Unconventional Resources Conference and Exhibition, Brisbane, 9-11 November 2015. SPE-176885.

Ge L, Khan C, Mahoney S, Rufford TE, Rudolph V (2015): Effects of effective stress changes on coal relative permeabilityInternational Conference on Coal Science and Technology, Melbourne, 27 September - 1 October 2015.

Gillespie N, and Bond, C (2015): Understanding Stakeholder Trust in Queensland's Coal Seam Gas (CSG) Industry - 2015 Summary of Phase 1 Interview Findings for Participants.

Hunter J, Brooking JC, Reading L, and Vink S (2015): A web-based system enabling the integration, analysis and 3D sub-surface visualization of groundwater monitoring data and geological modelsInternational Journal of Digital Earth. 9(2), 197-214.

Hunter, J., Gebers, A., Reading. L. and Vink,S. (2015): Understanding Connectivity between Groundwater Chemistry Data and Geological Stratigraphy via 3D Sub-surface Visualization and AnalysisISESS, the International Symposium on Environmental Software Systems, Melbourne, 25-27 March 2015.

Khan C, Ge L, Mahoney S, Rufford T, Rudolph, V, Steel K, Towler B, Honari V (2015): Coal bed methane reservoir simulation study. Abstracts of AAPG Asia Pacific Geoscience Technology Workshop (GTW) Opportunities and Advancements in Coal Bed Methane in the Asia PacificAAPG Opportunities and Advancements in Coal Bed Methane in the Asia Pacific, Brisbane, 12-13 February, 2015. 

Mahoney SA, Rufford TE, Rudolph V, Liu KY, Rodrigues S, Steel KM (2015) Creation of microchannels in Bowen Basin coals using UV laser and reactive ion etchingInternational Journal of Coal Geology. 144-145,48-57.

Mohoney SA, Rufford TE, Rudolph V, Steel KM (2015): The effect of coal rank on wettability and capillary pressure in a single cleatInternational Conference on Coal Science and Technology, Melbourne, 27 September - 1 October 2015.

Rifkin W, Witt K, Everingham J, Uhlmann V (2015): Benefits and Burdens for Rural Towns from Queensland's Onshore Gas Development, SPE Asia Pacific Unconventional Resources Conference and Exhibition, Brisbane, 9-11 November 2015. SPE-176941. 

Rifkin W, Everingham J, Witt K, Uhlmann V (2015): Lessons CSG operators can learn from Southern Queensland Towns. Gas Today. 31, 76-79. link to article

Towler BF, Firouzi M, Mortezapour A, Hywel-Evans PD (2015): Plugging CSG Wells with Bentonite: Review and Preliminary Lab ResultsSPE Asia Pacific Unconventional Resources Conference and Exhibition, Brisbane, 9-11 November 2015. SPE-176987.


Brooking C, Hunter J, Vink S, and Esterle J (2014): Interpreting Groundwater Chemistry to frame water risks of CSG development. Geological Society of Australia, Abstracts, Australian Earth Sciences Convention 2014, Newcastle, NSW.

Everingham J, Collins N, Rifkin W, Baumgartl T, Rodriguez D, Vink S, and Cavaye J (2014): How Farmers, Graziers, Miners, and Gas Industry Personnel see their Potential for Co-existence in Rural QueenslandSociety of Petroleum Engineers Economics & Management. 6(3), 122-130.

Horberry T, Harris J, Meng S, Kirsch P, Rifkin W, and Harris A (2014): Community Road Safety Initiatives for the Minerals IndustryMinerals, 4(1), 1-16.

Rifkin W, Uhlmann V, Everingham JA, and May K (2014): Tracking the Boom in Queensland’s GasfieldsInternational Journal of Rural Law and Policy. Special edition 1, 1-9. link to article.

Trigger D, Keenan J, de Rijke K, and Rifkin W (2014): Aboriginal engagement and agreement-making with a rapidly developing resource industry: Coal seam gas development in Australia. The Extractive Industries and Society. 1(2), 176-188. link to article

Uhlmann V, Rifkin W, Everingham J, Head B, and May K (2014): Prioritising indicators of cumulative socio-economic impacts to characterise rapid development of onshore gas resourcesThe Extractive Industries and Society. 1(2), 189-199.

Underschultz J (2014): Fault Seal Characterisation for CSG–Aquifer Interaction, Geological Society of Australia, Abstracts. Australian Earth Sciences Convention 2014, Newcastle, NSW.