Simon Lang

Professor, PhD, Director Centre for Energy Geoscience

  • The University of Western Australia (M004), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Professor Simon Lang is a sedimentologist and stratigrapher with global experience including regional geological mapping, sedimentology/stratigraphy research, and petroleum exploration & development. He worked at the Geological Survey of Queensland (1979-92) for the Paleontology and Regional Mapping departments, then Lecturer of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy at Queensland University of Technology (1992-1999). He then joined the National Centre for Petroleum Geology & Geophysics as Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide, which then became the Australian School of Petroleum (1999-2005), where his work on seismic stratigraphy, reservoir characterization, and modern depositional analogues was deployed for basin analysis and geosequestration (CO2CRC). He joined Woodside as a co-ordinator/manager of Stratigraphy/Reservoir Analysis teams (2005-13) working on all their Australian and most of their international projects. He then moved to Chevron (Energy Technology Company), as a Senior Stratigrapher in the Seismic Geomorphology team and worked as a global consultant based out of Houston (2013-2015), and returned to Perth as Geologic Services Manager & Stratigraphy Advisor (Perth) for Chevron Australia (2015-18). 

He re-joined academe as Professor of Practice - Petroleum Geoscience, and Director of the Centre for Energy Geoscience, University of Western Australia (2018-present) leading industry-funded research consortia on quantitative seismic stratigraphy (QSS2 Consortium) and reservoir analogues (RA Consortium) funded by national and international industry partners.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Geology and Mineralogy, Doctorate, Evolution of a Late Devonian Alluvial System: The Lower Bulgeri Formation, Broken River Province, North Queensland, University of Queensland

Award Date: 13 May 1994

Industry keywords

  • Energy

Research expertise keywords

  • Sedimentology
  • Stratigraphy and basin analysis
  • Petroleum geology


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