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BSc (Hons), St Andrews, Scotland
PhD, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Professor Simon George is the leader of the organic geochemistry group at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He is also the Director of the Macquarie University Marine Research Centre. He was the Acting Head of the EPS Department from Jan 2014 until 1st February 2015 and was Deputy Head of the EPS Department, 2018-2019.

Simon George has more than 30 years experience in organic geochemistry, including 15 years specialising in petroleum geochemistry at CSIRO. Organic geochemistry involves the study of the chemical and isotopic signatures in rocks and sediments, which tell us information about the past. We can reconstruct the nature and timing of important events in the evolution of life. Biomarkers are hydrocarbons that retain the structural information from the original lipids from which they were derived. Biomarkers and other hydrocarbons in oils, rocks and sediments provide us the ability to understand source inputs, subsequent burial and heating history (thermal maturity) and alteration events (such as oil biodegradation). The chemistry of insoluble fractions of organic matter, such as kerogen and asphaltenes, provides further useful information.

Research interests


Teaching responsibilities

Main Undergraduate teaching

GEOS112: The Planet Earth. I teach about the biosphere (Module 4)

GEOS126: Marine Geoscience. Fieldwork to Port Hacking.

GEOS125: Earth Dynamics. Workshop on fossil fuels.

GEOS204: Life, the Universe and Everything. Convenor, many lectures and some practicals.

GEOS206: Marine Depositional Environments. I teach on the South Coast of NSW fieldtrip to Kioloa in April.

GEOS251: Geopolitics- the science of climate, energy, and our future. Module on Fossil Fuels and CO2 sequestration.

GEOS309: Earth System History. Some lectures and practicals.

Other Undergraduate teaching

GEOS226: Introduction to Field Geology. Sometimes teach on the Keepit fieldtrip.

Postgraduate teaching

GEOS710: Records of Palaeoenvironments: Life and Geochemistry Convenor, 4 weeks teaching for Master Research students.

GEOS920: Palaeoenvironments and Biogeochemistry. Convenor, 4 weeks teaching, for master coursework students (Master of Science).

GEOS791/807: Research Topic in Earth and Planetary Sciences for MRes and MGeoscience cohort: teach organic geochemistry laboratory research experience.

Research Enrichment Programme (REP) Postgraduate modules: Where biology, geology and chemistry meet: Frontiers in Biogeochemistry; What's In Stuff? (with Damian Gore); Geosphere-Biosphere Interactions (With Matthew Kosnick and Craig O’Neill).

Conferences that I chaired

Australian Organic Geochemistry Conference: Macquarie University, 2-5th December 2012

Chairman and co-convener of the joint Australian Organic Geochemistry Conference (AOGC) and International Humic Substances Society (IHSS) Meeting, Leura, NSW, February 2004


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Projects 2007 2021

Research Outputs 1988 2020

Phenolic compounds in oil-bearing fluid inclusions: implications for water-washing and oil migration

Peters, C. A., Hallmann, C. & George, S. C., 1 Apr 2018, In : Organic Geochemistry. 118, p. 36-46 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Bearings (structural)
phenolic compound
fluid inclusion

Predicting the weathering of fuel and oil spills: a diffusion-limited evaporation model

Kotzakoulakis, K. & George, S. C., Jan 2018, In : Chemosphere. 190, p. 442-453 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Fuel Oils
Petroleum Pollution
Oil spills
oil spill

The transformation of sediment into rock: insights from IODP site U1352, Canterbury Basin, New Zealand

Marsaglia, K. M., Browne, G. H., George, S. C., Kemp, D. B., Jaeger, J. M., Carson, D., Richaud, M. & IODP Expedition 317 Scientific Party, 2017, In : Journal of Sedimentary Research. 87, 3, p. 272-287 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Ocean Drilling Program

Petroleum potential and kinetic models for hydrocarbon generation from the Upper Cretaceous to Paleogene Latrobe Group coals and shales in the Gippsland Basin, Australia

Abbassi, S., Edwards, D. S., George, S. C., Volk, H., Mahlstedt, N., di Primio, R. & Horsfield, B., Jan 2016, In : Organic Geochemistry. 91, p. 54-67 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

hydrocarbon generation

Reappraisal of hydrocarbon biomarkers in Archean rocks

French, K. L., Hallmann, C., Hope, J. M., Schoon, P. L., Zumberge, J. A., Hoshino, Y., Peters, C. A., George, S. C., Love, G. D., Brocks, J. J., Buick, R. & Summons, R. E., 12 May 2015, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 112, 19, p. 5915-5920 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Hot Temperature

Activities 2014 2018

Reviewer of grant submitted to Petroleum Research Fund

Simon George (Participant)
Mar 2018

Activity: Other

Deputy Head of Department, EPS

Simon George (Participant)
Mar 2018 → …

Activity: Other

Australian and New Zealand International Ocean Discovery Program Consortium (ANZIC)

Simon George (Visiting researcher)
14 Oct 201814 Dec 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

China University of Petroleum - Beijing

Simon George (Visiting researcher)
Nov 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Jilin University

Simon George (Visiting researcher)
Nov 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution