Dr Ric Daniel

Dr Ric Daniel
  • Biography/ Background

    I graduated with a B.Sc. in Micro-Palaeo / Sedimentary Geology from Macquarie University (1970) and from the University of Adelaide (2002)with a PhD on Characterising Cool-water Carbonate Sediments from the western Eyre Peninsula.

    I worked with Baroid International (now part of Haliburton) as a well site logging engineer and senior drilling fluids engineer in various parts of the world, since then have lectured and demonstrated at Flinders University (Earth Sciences) and the University of Adelaide (Geology and Geophysics).

    In 2001 I joined the Australian School of Petroleum (ASP), University of Adelaide, as a research fellow for the APCRC Seals Program, and  investigated the seal potential of possible CO2 storage sites throughout Australia with the CO2CRC at the ASP through to 2015. Currently a casual consultant at the ASP.

  • Research Interests

    Characterisation of Cap Seals in Australian and New Zealand Geological Basins for Carbon Dioxide Containment.

    Compilation of an Atlas of Australian and New Zealand Hydrocarbon Seals with 75+ examples from major basins in Australia and the Taranaki Basin in New Zealand. The atlas includes MICP, XRD and SEM/EDS images and analyses with 400m V shale plot of the adjacent well interval.

    Characterisation of cool-water carbonate mud particles according to principal marine biogenic carbonate contributors using breakdown pathways, comparative resultant particle structure and morphology, and chemical properties.

  • Publications

    Daniel, R.F. and Kaldi, J.G., 2014. Evaluating Mercury Injection Capillary Pressure (MICP) Data to Determine CO2 Column Height Retention; Otway Project, Victoria (Chapt 6). Editor Peter Cook, In Learning By Doing: The CO2CRC Otway Project. CSIRO Press, 400pp.

    Daniel, R. and Kaldi, J., 2012.  Atlas of Australian and New Zealand Hydrocarbon Seals: World-wide analogues for caprocks and intraformational barriers in clastic depositional settings. AAPG Studies in Geology, No. 60, 260pp.

    Daniel, R, Menacherry, S and Bunch, M, 2012. Characterisation of Dolomitic Intraformational Barriers, CRC-2b Injection Interval, Paaratte Formation, CO2CRC Otway Project, Otway Basin, Victoria. Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies, Canberra, Australia, CO2CRC Publication Number RPT12-3532.

     Daniel, R, Menacherry, S and Bunch, M, 2012. Petrographic Characterisation of the lower Paaratte Formation (CRC-2), Otway Basin, Victoria, Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies, Canberra, Australia, CO2CRC Publication Number RPT12-3560.

    Kaldi, J., Daniel, R., Tenthorey, E., Michael, K., Schacht, U., Nicol, A., Underschultz, J., and Backé, G., 2010. Caprock Systems for CO2 Geological Storage. IEA GHG (IEA/CON/10/179) CO2CRC Report No. RPT10-2774  

    Daniel, R and Kaldi, J, 2009. Evaluating seal capacity of caprocks and intraformational barriers for CO2 containment. In M. Grobe, J. C. Pashin and R. L. Dodge, eds., Carbon dioxide sequestration in geological media – State of the Science: AAPG Studies in Geology 59, p. 335-345.

    Watson, M., Daniel, R., Tingate, P. and Gibson-Poole, C., 2004, CO2-Related Seal Capacity Enhancement in Mudstones: Evidence from the Pine Lodge Natural CO2 Accumulation, Otway Basin, Australia. In Rubin, Keith and Gilboy (Eds.), Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, Vol I. Proceedings of GHGT7, Vancouver, Canada. Elsevier Science (2005)



  • Professional Associations


    American Association of Petroleum Geologists;

    Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia;

    Australian Quaternary Association.

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Entry last updated: Tuesday, 10 Nov 2015