Stuart Clark

Senior Lecturer
Minerals and Energy Resources
Contact details:

Tyree Energy and Technology Building (H6)
Level 2, Room 214

I am a geophysicist with an interest in basin formation processes in both active and passive margins. I have 10 years experience working with oil industry clients delivering R&D products; I also supervise PhD and researcher projects.

Future PhD and Masters Research Students

I am keen to recruit students in any of the following areas:

  • Geophysics
  • Geology (Sedimentary and Structural)
  • Earth Science
  • Machine Learning
  • Numerical Modelling
  • High Performance Computing
  • Plate Tectonics

Before contacting me, please complete the UNSW self-assessment.

For admission, please have a look at the Submit an Application Page on the UNSW web-page using the Program Code 1017 Petroleum Engineering (PhD) or 2645 MPhil Engineering. I am also happy to jointly supervisor students in the Science Faculty doing PhD or MPhil degrees.


I am the Year 3 & 4 Coordinator, Teaching and Learning Committee, Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering.


PTRL2030 - Field Development Geology

PTRL2114 - Petroleum Geophysics (first offering T2, 2019)


PTRL5006 - Field Development Geology for Petroleum Engineers (also available online as PTRL6006)

PTRL5014 - Petroleum Geophysics (also available online)

PTRL9451 and PTRL9452 and PTRL9453 Masters Thesis (Course Coordinator)

Current Research Students

  • Patrick Makaluni - UNSW Sydney - Automated Restoration of the Northwest Shelf, Australia (Co-supervisor Dr. Ryan Armstrong, UNSW)
  • Mohammed Almedallah - UNSW Sydney - Optimisation of Drilling Paths and Oil Rig Placement (Co-supervisor Dr. Stuart Walsh, Monash University)
  • Suleiman Altaheini - UNSW Sydney - Studying 3D models of reservoir geology built from numerical models of rift and passive margin development (Co-Supervisor Prof. Sheikh Rahman, UNSW)
  • Aina Bugge - University of Oslo - Filtering techniques and numerical solutions related to image enhancement and automated geological interpretation of seismic data (Joint supervision with Prof. Jan Inge Faleide, UiO, Dr. Jan Erik Lie, Lundin Norway).
  • Rui Pires - University of Coimbra - Numerical Response of the Topographic Response of Subduction Initiation (Joint supervision with Prof. Rui Pena dos Reis, Coimbra).


  • Director of Research, Kalkulo AS, Norway (2014-2017)

  • Head of Department, Computational Geoscience, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway (2011-2014)

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Scientific Computing, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway (2007-2011)

  • PhD, Earthbyte Group, University of Sydney, Australia (2007)