Dr Graham Heinson

Professor of Geophysics
Dr Graham Heinson
  Org Unit Earth Sciences
  Email graham.heinson@adelaide.edu.au
  Telephone +61 8 8313 5377
  Mobile +61 4 0808 7631
  Location Floor/Room G 11c ,  Mawson Laboratories ,   North Terrace


Edinburgh University, B.Sc. (Hons) Geophysics (1987) Australian National University Ph.D. Geophysics (1991)


Recent Employment

University of Adelaide, Adelaide. Lecturer (2000-2003), Senior Lecturer (2003-2005), A/Professor (2006-2010), Professor (2010-). Associate Dean of the Faculty of Sciences (IT: 2003- 2004) (Education: 2004- 2006), Head of Geology and Geophysics (May 2007 - June 2010)

Teaching Philosophy

My primary teaching philosophy is to motivate students to develop a scientific rigorous approach for a career in the Geosciences.  Students should become aware of the relevance of the science in their own lives, in the context of other fields of Geoscience, and in the broader community.  These aims are implemented by:

  • Recognising that not all students have the same learning style and speed, and to try to get the best from everyone;
  • Getting to know the students as people, to learn from and encourage their aspirations and to seek their input and ideas;
  • Introducing as much hands-on experience as possible, both within the course structure and as extra-curricula activity to encourage participation and motivate students.  In the geosciences, this generally means fieldwork using quality instrumentation and computer analysis using state-of-the-art software;
  • Continually cycling course material through regular quizzes and tutorials to deepen the learning experience.  Students are encouraged to expect to achieve full marks that count significantly towards the end-of-year grades;
  • Encouraging teamwork, communication and independent learning through research projects, with various modes of presentation;
  • Instigating industry visits and linking with professional societies to provide a context for the relevance of the science and promote career opportunities.

As a teacher, I endeavour to be always enthusiastic about the material I convey, and to be well prepared and organised.  Outcomes from teaching are measured and improved from regular end-of-course evaluation forms, from individual discussion with students and academic colleagues, by career paths of former students, and from feedback from industry colleagues.



  • Australian Learning and Teaching Council for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning as part of the Field Geology teaching team, in 2009
  • University of Adelaide nominee for the Australian University Teaching Awards (Physical Sciences) in 2005
  • University of Adelaide nominee for the SA Premiers Science Excellence Awards (Science Educator of the Year) in 2005
  • Executive Dean of Science Prize and Awards for Excellence in Teaching in 2004
  • Highly Commended applicant for the Stephen Cole the Elder Prize in 2004, 2005
  • Runner up for the Supervisor of the Year (Postgraduate Students Association) in 2004


Professor Graham Heinson has over 20 years of experience using MT. His group has run the national AuScope MT facility for the last five years, and is involved in a wide range of research activities, including the national MT mapping program AusLAMP, and 4D monitoring of fluids for hydrocarbon and geothermal energy development. His group were finalists for the Eureka awards (in the category Land and Water) and were recent winners (November 2013) of the Australian Innovation Challenge (in the category Minerals and Energy).


Didana, Y. L., Heinson, G., Thiel, S., & Krieger, L. (2017). Magnetotelluric monitoring of permeability enhancement at enhanced geothermal system project. Geothermics, 66, 23-38. doi:10.1016/j.geothermics.2016.11.005

Robertson, K., Heinson, G., & Thiel, S. (2016). Lithospheric reworking at the Proterozoic–Phanerozoic transition of Australia imaged using AusLAMP Magnetotelluric data. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 452, 27-35. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2016.07.036

Kirkby, A., Heinson, G., & Holford, S. (2016). The resistivity structure of the Penola Trough, Otway Basin from magnetotelluric data. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 63(5), 571-582. doi:10.1080/08120099.2016.1232311

Kirkby, A., Heinson, G., & Krieger, L. (2016). Relating permeability and electrical resistivity in fractures using random resistor network models. Journal of Geophysical Research B: Solid Earth, 121(3), 1546-1564. doi:10.1002/2015JB012541

Thiel, S., Soeffky, P., Krieger, L., Regenauer-Lieb, K., Peacock, J., & Heinson, G. (2016). Conductivity response to intraplate deformation: Evidence for metamorphic devolatilization and crustal-scale fluid focusing. Geophysical Research Letters, 43(21), 11-244. doi:10.1002/2016GL071351

Rees, N., Heinson, G., & Krieger, L. (2016). Magnetotelluric monitoring of coal seam gas depressurization. Geophysics, 81(6), E423-E432. doi:10.1190/GEO2016-0072.1

Rees, N., Carter, S., Heinson, G., Krieger, L., Conway, D., Boren, G., & Matthews, C. (2016). Magnetotelluric monitoring of coal-seam gas and shale-gas resource development in Australia. Leading Edge, 35(1), 64-70. doi:10.1190/tle35010064.1

Ritter, O., Queralt, P., & Heinson, G. (2016). Preface to the Special Issue on "The 22nd Electromagnetic Induction Workshop, Weimar, Germany". SURVEYS IN GEOPHYSICS, 37(1), 1-4. doi:10.1007/s10712-016-9358-2

Carter, S., Heinson, G., Krieger, L., Rees, N., Conway, D., Putland, O., . . . Mathews, C. (2015). Monitoring of hydraulic fracturing in Moomba, South Australia, using magnetotellurics. Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) Journal.

Aivazpourporgou, S., Thiel, S., Hayman, P. C., Moresi, L. N., & Heinson, G. (2015). Decompression melting driving intraplate volcanism in Australia: Evidence from magnetotelluric sounding. Geophysical Research Letters, 42(2), 346-354. doi:10.1002/2014GL060088

Schnaidt, S., & Heinson, G. (2015). Bootstrap resampling as a tool for uncertainty analysis in 2-D magnetotelluric inversion modelling. Geophysical Journal International, 203(1), 92-106. doi:10.1093/gji/ggv264

Zhou, B., Heinson, G., & Rivera-Rios, A. (2015). Integrated and explicit boundary conditions of electromagnetic fields at arbitrary interfaces between two anisotropic media. Journal of Electromagnetic Analysis and Applications, 7(3), 75-88. doi:10.4236/jemaa.2015.73009

Kirkby, A., Heinson, G., Holford, S., & Thiel, S. (2015). Mapping fractures using 1D anisotropic modelling of magnetotelluric data: a case study from the Otway Basin, Victoria, Australia. Geophysical Journal International, 201(3), 1961-1976. doi:10.1093/gji/ggv116

Zhou, B., Heinson, G., & Rivera-Rios, A. (2015). Subdomain Chebyshev spectral method for 2D and 3D numerical differentiations in a curved coordinate system. Journal of Applied Mathematics and Physics, 03(03), 358-370. doi:10.4236/jamp.2015.33047

Didana, Y. L., Thiel, S., & Heinson, G. (2015). Three dimensional conductivity model of the Tendaho High Enthalpy Geothermal Field, NE Ethiopia. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 290, 53-62. doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2014.11.013

Robertson, K., Taylor, D., Thiel, S., & Heinson, G. (2014). Magnetotelluric evidence for serpentinisation in a Cambrian subduction zone beneath the Delamerian Orogen, southeast Australia. Gondwana Research, In Press(2), 1-11. doi:10.1016/j.gr.2014.07.013

MacFarlane, J., Thiel, S., Pek, J., Peacock, J., & Heinson, G. (2014). Characterisation of induced fracture networks within an enhanced geothermal system using anisotropic electromagnetic modelling. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 288, 1-7. doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2014.10.002

Soerensen, C. C., Munday, T., & Heinson, G. (2014). Integrated interpretation of overlapping AEM datasets achieved through standardisation. Exploration Geophysics. doi:10.1071/EG14066

Didana, Y. L., Thiel, S., & Heinson, G. (2014). Magnetotelluric imaging of upper crustal partial melt at Tendaho graben in Afar, Ethiopia. Geophysical Research Letters, 41(9), 3089-3095. doi:10.1002/2014GL060000

Korja, T., Heinson, G., & Thiel, S. (2014). Preface to the Special Issue on "The 21st Electromagnetic Induction Workshop". Surveys in Geophysics, 35(1), 1-6. doi:10.1007/s10712-013-9271-x

Johnson, S., Thorne, A., Tyler, I., Korsch, R., Kennett, B., Cutten, H., . . . Fomin, T. (2013). Crustal architecture of the Capricorn Orogen, Western Australia and associated metallogeny. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 60(6-7), 681-705. doi:10.1080/08120099.2013.826735

Thiel, S., & Heinson, G. (2013). Electrical conductors in Archean mantle - Result of plume interaction?. Geophysical Research Letters, 40(12), 2947-2952. doi:10.1002/grl.50486

Hatch, M., Heinson, G., Munday, T., Thiel, S., Lawrie, K., Clarke, J., & Mill, P. (2013). The importance of including conductivity and dielectric permittivity information when processing low-frequency GPR and high-frequency EMI data sets. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 96, 77-86. doi:10.1016/j.jappgeo.2013.06.007

Peacock, J., Thiel, S., Heinson, G., & Reid, P. (2013). Time-lapse magnetotelluric monitoring of an enhanced geothermal system. Geophysics, 78(3), 121-130. doi:10.1190/GEO2012-0275.1

Peacock, J., Thiel, S., Reid, P., & Heinson, G. (2012). Magnetotelluric monitoring of a fluid injection: example from an enhanced geothermal system. Geophysical Research Letters, 39(17), 1-5. doi:10.1029/2012GL053080

Mortimer, L., Aydin, A., Simmons, C. T., Heinson, G., & Love, A. J. (2011). Erratum to The role of in situ stress in determining hydraulic connectivity in a fractured rock aquifer (Australia) (Hydrogeology Journal, (2011), DOI 10.1007/s10040-011-0760-z). Hydrogeology Journal, 19(7), 1453. doi:10.1007/s10040-011-0778-2

Inverarity, K., Heinson, G., Pedler-Jones, D., Costar, A., Wurst, S., & McLean, G. (2011). Locating groundwater resources for Aboriginal communities in remote and arid parts of South Australia. The Leading Edge (Tulsa), 30(4), 402-408. doi:10.1190/1.3575286

Selway, K., Hand, M., Payne, J., Heinson, G., & Reid, A. (2011). Magnetotelluric constraints on the tectonic setting of Grenville-aged orogenesis in central Australia. Journal of the Geological Society, 168(1), 251-264. doi:10.1144/0016-76492010-034

Thomas, M., Fitzpatrick, R., & Heinson, G. (2011). Spatial and temporal trends in soil salinity for identifying perched and deep groundwater systems. Soil Use and Management, 27(2), 264-279. doi:10.1111/j.1475-2743.2010.00323.x

Mortimer, L., Aydin, A., Simmons, C., Heinson, G., & Love, A. (2011). The role of in situ stress in determining hydraulic connectivity in a fractured rock aquifer (Australia). Hydrogeology Journal, 19(7), 1293-1312. doi:10.1007/s10040-011-0760-z

Whitley, T., Fullekrug, M., Rycroft, M., Bennett, A., Wyatt, F., Elliott, D., . . . Flower, S. (2011). Worldwide extremely low frequency magnetic field sensor network for sprite studies. Radio Science, 46(4), S4007. doi:10.1029/2010RS004523

Hatch, M., Munday, T., & Heinson, G. (2010). A comparative study of in-river geophysical techniques to define variations in riverbed salt load and aid managing river salinization. Geophysics, 75(4), WA135-WA147. doi:10.1190/1.3475706

Thiel, S., & Heinson, G. (2010). Crustal imaging of a mobile belt using magnetotellurics: An example of the Fowler Domain in South Australia. Journal of Geophysical Research, 115(6), 06102-1-06102-18. doi:10.1029/2009JB006698

Matsuno, T., Seama, N., Evans, R., Chave, A., Baba, K., White, A., . . . Utada, H. (2010). Upper mantle electrical resistivity structure beneath the central Mariana subduction system. G3: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 11(9), 1-24. doi:10.1029/2010GC003101

Member of National Committee for Earth Sciences, Australian Academy of Sciences (2008-2011)
Member of the Steering Committee for ANSIR (2006-); Deputy Director (2009-)
Chair of the Earth Imaging Working Group, NCRIS 5.13 Capability (2006-2007)
Member of the RSES Advisory Committee, ANU (2007-)
Editor, Pure and Applied Geophysics journal (2002-2009).
Member of the organising committee for the ASEG international conference in Adelaide, 2003 and 2009; the 3DEM conference, Adelaide in February 2003; the 19th EM Workshop, Beijing 2008.

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Chair of the 21st EM Induction Workshop, 25-31st July 2012, Darwin  www.21emiw.com

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