2010 Honorary Lecturer,
Pacific South

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Electrical Properties of Sedimentary Rocks from DC to Dielectric Frequencies
Presented by Ben Clennell
Research Stream Leader
CSIRO Petroleum
Perth, Australia

Ben Clennell


Ben Clennell is a research stream leader in the Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship, attached to CSIRO Petroleum in Perth, Western Australia.

Ben graduated in geology from the University of Oxford in 1988, and gained a Ph.D. in geology from the University of London in 1992. From 1992 to1993 he worked at the University of Birmingham on experimental sediment deformation. At this time, he became involved in the Ocean Drilling Program research into active margins. These interests continued at the University of Leeds, where he was also attached to the Rock Deformation Research Group (RDR). Further work with the Ocean Drilling Program in Costa Rica prompted a long spell working on natural gas hydrates, from a sediment physical properties point of view. Involvement with RDR had, however, provided an introduction to the oil and gas industry and led to a gradual transition from geology to petrophysics.

The focus on oil and gas research, and work in the crossover between petrophysics and geophysics was invigorated by a move to the Federal University of Bahia (UFBa), Brazil in 1998. Ben worked as a visiting professor and visiting researcher in the areas of petrophysics, petroleum geology, and hydrogeology at the Centro de Pesquisa em Geofisica e Geologia (CPGG), at UFBa until 2003, under the expert guidance of Prof. Olivar Lima. During his time in Brazil, he was fortunate to meet many luminaries of the geophysics world and joined SEG in 2002.

In 2003, the opportunity came to move to Australia and work for CSIRO as a full-time research petrophysicist. Since arriving in Perth, Ben has served on the committee of the local SPWLA chapter, FESAUS. His research continues in the areas of petrophysics/rock physics and rock deformation, and he has very much enjoyed working with Tony Siggins and Matthew Josh to develop a world-class rock electrical properties laboratory at CSIRO.

Ben lives in the Perth hills with his wife Viviane and daughter Cecilia.