Dr Gareth Chalmers was awarded his MSc (2001) from the University of Newcastle which included studying the impact of sea level changes on the deposition of peat-forming environments. Dr Chalmers then completed his PhD (2007) at the University of British Columbia (Canada) and investigated the effects of sea level change on shale reservoir quality and mineralogy.
Dr Chalmers' research has focussed on understanding: 1) controls on gas recovery to improve sustainability of the energy sector; 2) the origins of toxic gases to reduce health/environmental impact in energy developments; and 3) the distribution and retention of pollutants within a modern delta.
Dr Chalmers uses a multidisciplinary approach to solve complex Earth Science problems. Techniques used include sedimentology, geochemistry, mineralogy, electron/plane light microscopy and geological modeling to develop robust interpretations. His research will continue to solve environmental issues related to the development of energy resources as well as the contamination of sedimentary environments from industrial, urban and agricultural sources.
Dr Chalmers' research and teaching goals at USC are to establish an environmental sedimentology program that will integrate with current expertise within the School of Science and Engineering.
The program will include understanding how sedimentary processes distribute pollutants and how these pollutants are stored and modified over time.
Potential Research Projects for HDR and Honours Students
- Modern and ancient sedimentary geology
- Environment geology of energy resources
Chalmers, G.R.L., Adams, R., Bustin, A. and Bustin, R.M., In Press, The Environmental Significance of Sediment Surface Area as a Controlling Factor in the Preservation of Polychlorinated Dibenzo-P-Dioxins and Dibenzofurans (PCDD/PCDF) in Sediments Adjacent to Woodfibre Pulp Mill, Howe Sound, British Columbia. Minerals Journal.
Chalmers, G. and Bustin, R.M., 2017, A multidisciplinary approach in determining the maceral (kerogen type) and mineralogical composition of Cretaceous Eagle Ford Formation: Impact on pore development and pore size distribution. International J. of Coal Geology, 171, 93-110.
Munson, E., Chalmers, G., Bustin, R.M., and Li, K. 2016. Utilizing smear mounts for X-ray diffraction as a fully quantitative approach in rapidly characterizing the mineralogy of shale gas reservoirs. Journal of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources, v 14, 22-31.
Chalmers, G., Boyd, R. and Diessel, C., 2013. Accommodation-based coal cycles and significant surface correlation of low accommodation Lower Cretaceous coal seams, Lloydminster Heavy Oilfield, Alberta, Canada: Implications for coal quality distribution. AAPG Bulletin v. 97, 1347-1369.
Chalmers, G., Bustin, R.M., and Power, I. 2012. Characterization of Gas Shale Pore Systems by Porosimetry, Pycnometry, Surface Area and FE-SEM/TEM Image Analysis: Examples from the Barnett, Woodford, Haynesville, Marcellus, and Doig Formations. AAPG Bulletin, v. 96, 1099-1119.