Prof. Simon George, PhD
Head of Department, Earth and Planetary Sciences,
Macquarie University, North Ryde,
Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia
Dr Simon George is leader of the organic geochemistry group at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.
"I have more than 20 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."
BSc (Hons) (St Andrews, Scotland); PhD (Newcastle upon Tyne, England)
Home page: http://www.eps.mq.edu.au/staff/SimonGeorge/SimonGeorge.htm
Executive Editor, GeoResJ (consider publishing a paper there, it is open access and free to authors for 2013-2014!)
Simon George was awarded a BSc (Hons) degree in geology from St Andrews University in Scotland in 1985 and then worked as a mudlogger. He obtained his PhD (1990) in organic geochemistry at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, for his work on the influence of igneous activity on petroleum generation and accumulation. From 1991 to 2006 he worked for CSIRO in Sydney, Australia. When he left he was a Senior Principal Research Scientist leading research into the molecular geochemistry of petroleum and petroleum source rocks. He moved to Macquarie University in 2006, where he is now a Professor with a research group in organic geochemistry, working especially on research areas to do with the geochemical record of the early evolution of life and bioremediation in cold climates.